Tale of Two Quagmires: Iraq, Vietnam, and the Hard Lessons of Warby Kenneth J. Campbell, Richard A. Falk
Pub. Date: 02/28/2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Is Iraq becoming another Vietnam? Author Kenneth Campbell received a Purple Heart after serving 13 months in Vietnam. He then spent years campaigning to get the US out of the war. Here, Campbell lays out the political similarities of both wars. He traces the chief lessons of Vietnam, which helped America successfully avoid quagmires for thirty years, and explains how neoconservatives within the Bush administration cynically used the tragedy of 9/11 to override the "Vietnam syndrome" and drag America into a new quagmire in Iraq. In view of where the U.S. finds itself today -- unable to stay but unable to leave -- Campbell recommends that America re-dedicate itself to the essential lessons of Vietnam: the danger of imperial arrogance, the limits of military force, the importance of international and constitutional law, and the power of morality.
Table of ContentsForeword by Richard Falk Preface Chapter 1: The Great Debate No, Iraq is Not Vietnam! Yes, Iraq Is Vietnam! The Strategic Essence of a Quagmire The Quagmire Process Chapter 2: Personal Encounter with a Quagmire Philly Corner Boy Volunteer for America To the Nam Up North Down South Antiwarrior Chapter 3: The Vietnam Quagmire Entering: Deception about Purpose Sinking Deeper: Deception about Progress Hitting Bottom: Deception about Methods Blocking the Exit: Deception about the Difficulty of Withdrawal Chapter 4: The Lessons of Vietnam The Five Schools Institutional Prevention The "Vietnam Syndrome" Thirty Years of Success...until 9/11 Chapter 5: The Iraq Quagmire Entering: Deception about Purpose Sinking Deeper: Deception about Progress Hitting Bottom: Deception about Methods Blocking the Exit: Deceptions about Withdrawal Chapter 6: Last Exit from Baghadad Broken Army The "Essential Domino" Falls Any Solution? The "Wise Men and Women" The Lessons of Iraq Notes Bibliography Index
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