From CNS News, the libs don’t like it when a few days ago President Bush turned around on them the Vietnam comparison (usually used in conjunction with the word “quagmire”).
Here’s what the president said:
“Today, the names and places have changed, but the fundamental character of the struggle has not changed,” said Bush in Kansas City, Mo. “The ideals and interests that led America to help the Japanese turn defeat into democracy are the same that lead us to remain engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Then as now, people argued the real problem was America’s presence and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end,” Bush said. “The world would learn just how costly these misimpressions would be.
“In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge began a murderous rule in which hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died by starvation and torture and execution,” Bush added.
“In Vietnam, former allies of the United States and government workers and intellectuals and businessmen were sent off to prison camps, where tens of thousands perished. Hundreds of thousands more fled the country on rickety boats, many of them going to their graves in the South China Sea,” he noted.
It’s about time someone took this “quagmire” malarky comparison away from them and pointed to the real similarities: pulling out militarily will leave our allies, the people we were there to protect, at the mercy of bloodthirsty tyrants. It did in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and it likely will in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Besides, we still have troops in Germany and Japan after 60 years, so why are liberals in such a hurry in the Middle East?)
We can’t abandon our friends in the Middle East as we did in Vietnam; our credibility, our future security, and human decency forbid it.