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Iraq woes haunt Bush in Vietnam

Posted by alanmirs on November 18, 2006

Iraq woes haunt Bush in Vietnam

By Brian Barron
BBC News

In both conflicts, America’s justifications for war were eventually discredited. Just as disturbing, was Washington’s failure – initially at least – to learn from well-documented colonial blunders by the French in Vietnam and British in the 1920s in Iraq.

President Bush in Vietnam with the Vietnamese Prime Minister

President Bush attends the APEC summit with Nguyen Tan Dung

When President Bush agreed months ago to attend the Apec summit in Vietnam, he may have pictured headlines about extending the hand of friendship to an old enemy. But instead, at the end of another week of distressing news from Iraq, many commentators are drawing uncomfortable parallels with Iraq.


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