Iraq and Vietnam – The Real Parallels

This is an interesting video showing interviews with a Vietnam era infantry soldier and an Iraq veteran who both deserted. The similarities are haunting.

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2 Comments on “Iraq and Vietnam – The Real Parallels”

  1. Capt Fogg Says:

    I think there are no end of parallels and parallels within parallels.

    I recall how Nixon latched on the the idea of “vietnamization” and soon told us it was working so we could draw down some troops. It was a ruse to cover the need to draw down troops.

    Yeah, sure – the surge is working so well and their government is in control so we can brings some troops home. . .

  2. expatbrian Says:

    One big difference that just came to mind. In Vietnam, soldiers had the option of extending their tours for six months. In return they got out of the service months early.

    In Iraq they are forced to extend their tour with no payoff other than a better chance of getting killed, wounded, maimed, or even committing suicide.

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