Today, the President drew a confused analogy between the Vietnam War and our debacle in Iraq. You might recall that such comparisons were basically treasonous a couple of years ago:
“I think the [Vietnam] analogy is false. I also happen to think that analogy sends the wrong message to our troops, and sends the wrong message to the enemy.”
– President Bush, April 13, 2004
But, it seems the President has come around to see the parallels. Surely it’s a result of soul-searching and intellectual inquiry, not political convenience.
Here’s how David Gergen, Harvard JFK prof and adviser to four Presidents, put it today:
“Well, if you’ve learned so much from history, Mr. President, how did you ever get us involved in another quagmire?”