Ignatieff Says Supporting Iraq War Was A Mistake: YA THINK?!!
A man of his age and education clearly was NOT able to connect the dots that identify the similarity between the war in Iraq and the war in Vietnam of the 60's & 70's. I will acknowledge that it is better to be correct late in a debate rather then maintaining an incorrect position indefinitely.
"What was the Key military lesson that was learned during the Vietnam War? The lesson was simple; when you deploy conventional military ground forces against a civilian insurgent or guerrilla force, it is hard to determine who the actual enemy is. During the '60's and '70's , the US military threw everything they had at the Viet Cong and still lost the war. The smiling citizens who walked amongst the troops during the day were often the same guerrilla fighters who shot and bombed US troops after the sun went down.
Flash forward to today, 2006. Iraq & Afganistan. Was nothing learned from the disaster of Vietnam? Exactly who in the Canadian Armed Forces High Command believes that we are going to be effective in curtailing insurgent activities when we aren't even sure who it is that is planting roadside explosives ..."
Did We Not Learn Anything From the Vietnam Experience?
POSTSCRIPT: - August 5, 2007
Here is the article from the New York Times - August 5, 2007 by Michael Ignatieff.