A revised and updated edition of Is Iraq Another Vietnam?
"A superb contribution to our understanding of how these conflicts are the same, how they are different, and how they shape our world."- General Wesley K. Clark, former NATO Supreme Commander and author of Waging Modern War
Vietnam and Iraq are now linked forever. But a straight comparison between the two wars does injustice to solid history. In this revised and updated edition of Is Iraq Another Vietnam? historian Robert K. Brigham shows how the similarities between Iraq and Vietnam illuminate similar patterns of U.S. foreign policy behavior. A Vietnam expert, Brigham argues that the United States has turned to a foreign policy of expansion in times if external threat- or heightened threat perceptions- leading to limited Congressional debate and oversight. The results have been devastating. The massive financial hangover will be only one of the Iraq War's lasting legacies.
The mechanisms are in place for change, but so far the U.S. has done little to alter the course of its foreign relations. It is crucial that we apply the lessons of Vietnam wisely and selectively- in this war and the future.
Robert K. Brigham is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College. He is the author of numerous books and essays on American foreign relations, including Argument Without End: In Search of the Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy written with Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight.
Pub date: 05/12/08
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Pub history: Is Iraq Another Vietnam?: ISBN 978-1-58648-413-2