English 251 Research Proposal

English 251 Research Proposal - Stan Ingberman Research...

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Stan Ingberman Research Proposal Research Question: What are the similarities between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War? Thesis: People say 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. Background: There are many mistakes that the government made in Vietnam that it has repeated in Iraq. First off, in both wars they predicted that victory would be fairly easy. Then they both gave early optimistic announcement of victory. In July 1967, General William Westmoreland announced that the war was not a stalemate and we were winning slowly but steadily. Less than three months later, communist forces launched the Tet offensive, their largest attack of the war. Similarly, US overconfidence regarding Iraq was epitomized by the spectacular visual of President Bush landing on deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and then addressing the troops beneath a large “Mission Accomplished” banner. Pentagon officials assumed that US troop levels in Iraq would be down to no more than sixty
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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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