Monday, April 7, 2008

After the Fire

Over the weekend Times columnist Frank Rich made yet another effort to liken Iraq to Vietnam, calling the recent battle in Basra "a mini-Tet that belied the 'success' of the surge." Tet, of course, was the famous 1968 communist offensive in Vietnam, which was a military defeat for the enemy that turned into a propaganda victory because American journalists misinterpreted it. Once again, Gen. Rich is fighting the last war--and he is on the other side.
Associated Press story, though, suggests that the result of Basra is more tête-à-tête than Tet:
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