English 251 Research Presentation

English 251 Research Presentation - Stan Ingberman The...

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Stan Ingberman The purpose of my paper is to argue that there are similarities between the Vietnam War and the current war in Iraq and there are lessons that we failed to learn in Vietnam that we are currently learning in Iraq. Claim: Such similarities include an early assumption of an easy war, an early declaration of victory, an effort to find scapegoats for increasingly obvious failures, and an ideology that the conflicts were far more important than the stakes involved in the specific country. It is said that the purpose of studying history is to learn from past mistakes; however, key United States officials have made disputable assumptions and the same types of policy errors in both the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq. Introduction: For the generation of people that lived through the Vietnam War, the current war in Iraq brings about a sense of deja vu. It is true that there are some key differences; however, there are also an amazing number of similarities. Such similarities include an early assumption of an easy war, an early declaration of victory, an effort to find scapegoats for increasingly obvious failures, and an ideology that the conflicts were far more important than the stakes involved in the specific country. It is said that the purpose of studying history is to learn from past mistakes; however, key United States officials have made disputable assumptions and the same types of policy errors in both the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq. I. One major similarity between the two wars is a sense of overconfidence combined with an early declaration of victory. In the case of Vietnam, At a May 1962 press conference, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara affirmed that he had “seen nothing but progress and hopeful indications of
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further progress in the future,” adding “every quantitative measure we have shows we’re winning this war.” A year later McNamara authorized the Department of Defense to announce that “we have turned the corner in Vietnam.” General Paul Harkins, commander of US forces in Thailand and South Vietnam claimed the war could be won within a year. America remained in Vietnam for nearly another decade after that
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGL 251 taught by Professor Rice during the Winter '08 term at Columbus State Community College.

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