Wednesday, October 26, 2005

So, we're back to body counts, the Vietnam-era practice of guaging our success in winning the hearts and minds of the people we were trying to liberate by counting corpses. To quote myself from three years ago:

But it's not as if Cheney and Rumsfeld are just Bush I retreads trying to redo the Gulf War. It's important to remember they're older than that. They are, in fact, Nixon administration retreads trying to redo Vietnam --- a war where technical superiority and early large set-piece victories (the lonesome cry of the cold war hawk: "The Tet offensive was a military defeat for the Viet Cong!") didn't exactly prefigure success...

Maybe the damn thing was prescient after all...

Body count article via TNH


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