Thursday, January 11, 2007

History repeating itself?

"Our troops will have a well-defined mission, to help Iraqis clear and secure neighbourhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs."
George W. Bush, 2007

"Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation."
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966

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1 comment:

Raymond said...

Yes, and perhaps for similar reasons. A more analogous quote could be:

"I have made it clear to the prime minister and Iraq's other leaders that America's commitment is not open-ended.
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If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home."

[source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6250687.stm]