Tuesday, February 17, 2004

HITCHENS TAKES AIM AT THE "IRAQ'S ANOTHER VIETNAM" CROWD

If people say that it's "reminiscent" of Vietnam, it means they don't remember Vietnam.

(My guess is some of them don't because they aren't old enough. After all, the really messy stuff happened in the Johnson administration and that ended in 1968 -- 36 years ago. )

Much of what Christopher Hitchens writes is worth reading. This column is no exception.

It ends with: There's something creepy about the Democratic decision to hail the heroes of Vietnam, from Kerry to Clark, and to denigrate the extraordinary effort being made to salvage Iraq and to pursue and kill people who really are, unlike the Viet Cong, the common enemies of humanity. It's trying too hard, and it's inauthentic and hypocritical as well as point-missing. It would be as if the Republicans suddenly started talking, as that great veteran Robert Dole once did, about all the conflicts in American history as "Democrat wars." That didn't fly, if you recall, though it would have been a fair description of Vietnam.


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