WASHINGTON - Who’s the more astute student of Vietnam War history — President Bush or Sen. John Warner, R-Va.?
Warner, the octogenarian GOP Senate powerbroker who served as Navy secretary under President Nixon during the Vietnam War, called Thursday for Bush to begin withdrawing some U.S. troops from Iraq — he used the figure of 5,000 — so that they could be home by Christmas. “Five thousand is not going to be destabilizing,” he argued. There are now more than 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
Bush warned in his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention on Wednesday that an American exit from Iraq would have dire consequences, which he likened to the massacres and persecution that followed the U.S. exit from Indochina in 1974. Bush warns of 'killing fields' “The price of America's withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like ‘boat people,’ ‘re-education camps’ and ‘killing fields,’” Bush said.
Warner rejected that analogy at his news briefing Thursday — yet he did so in a way that underscored the potentially catastrophic consequences of U.S. withdrawal. Warner said, “There are no parallels really. It’s a different type of situation we were in … a country (Vietnam) that really did not pose a threat to the internal security of the United States as these conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan do.”
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Some Republican senator (and secretary during Vietnam) says that some of our troops should come home by Christmas and your liberal media treats him like if he's Patton: