VietNam and Iraq
Let's compare shall we?
Vietnam: Undeclared war.
Iraq: Undeclared war.
Vietnam: Fought to prevent our enemy (commies) from taking control of South Vietnam.
Iraq: Fought to remove a terrorist regime, and now to prevent our enemy (jihadists) from taking control of Iraq.
Vietnam: US was enforcing the Marshall Plan.
Iraq: US is enforcing the Bush Doctrine.
Vietnam: Guerilla War in the Jungle.
Iraq: Urban Guerilla War in the Desert.
Vietnam: Invisible enemy that hid among the population
Iraq: Invisible enemy that hides among the population
Vietnam: South Vietnamese troops took majority of the casualties on our side.
Iraq: Iraqi troops taking the majority of the casualties on our side.
Vietnam: American Kill Ration: 10-20 to 1.
Iraq: American Kill Ration: Unkown... but absurdly high. Possibly 50 to 100 to 1.
Vietnam: Rampant public confusion over why where there, and what we were doing.
Iraq: Rampant public confusion over why we're there, and what we're doing.
Vietnam: Numerous military scandals involving the treatment of "civilians"
Iraq: Military "scandals" growing ever more numerous.
Vietnam: Public perception: We Lost.
Iraq: Public perception: We're Losing.
Vietnam: reality: We left... and the commies took over.
Iraq: reality: We will be leaving... and the terrorists will take over.