Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power
By (author) Robert K. Brigham
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Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power by Robert K. Brigham
Book DescriptionSince the first days of the Iraqi invasion, supporters of the war have cautioned the public not to view this conflict as another Vietnam. They rightfully point to many important distinctions. There is no unified resistance in Iraq. No political or religious leader has been able to galvanize opposition to U.S. intervention the way that Ho Chi Minh did in Vietnam. And it is not likely that 580,000 American troops will find their way to Iraq. However, there are two similarities that may dwarf the thousands of differences. First, in Iraq, like Vietnam, the original rationale for going to war has been discredited and public support has dwindled. Second, in both cases the new justification became building stable societies. There are enormous pitfalls in America's nation building efforts in Iraq as there were in Vietnam. But it is the business we now find ourselves in, and there is no easy retreat from it morally. As American frustration increases, some policy makers are making the deadly mistake of approaching problems in Iraq as if we are facing them for the first time. It is crucial that we apply the lessons of Vietnam wisely and selectively.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586484996
(210mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert K. Brigham
United States and Iraq Since 1990, Paperback (July 2013)
This book offers a concise history of US policy in Iraq since 1990 and how it has evolved over two decades.
War Comes to Long an, Paperback (January 2010)
A study of the Vietnamese conflict, examined through the lens of the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the rural province of Long An up until American intervention in the area.
Argument without End, Paperback (April 2000)» View all books by Robert K. Brigham
The former Secretary of Defense, and leading scholars from the U.S. and Vietnam, offer a groundbreaking new study of exactly how the Vietnam War happened-- and why it could not be stopped before three million people died.
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Author Biography - Robert K. Brigham
Robert K. Brigham is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College. He is author of numerous books and essays on American foreign relations, including Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy written with Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight.
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