The fine folks at RealClear Politics have Mort Kondracke’s latest column. You need to read it here. An excerpt is here:
In 1968 – by no accident, a U.S. presidential election year – the Viet Cong launched a massive countrywide offensive in South Vietnam, invading the U.S. Embassy complex in the process.
By every military measure, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces devastated the Communist forces. (It’s all recorded in the late Peter Braestrup’s masterful book “Big Story.”) Yet the U.S. media reported the episode as a U.S. defeat, helping convince the American establishment that the war was unwinnable.
In this respect, there is a real danger that Iraq could become like Vietnam – a self-inflicted defeat. Public support for the war is down, and even conservative columnists such as David Brooks and George Will are implying that Bush’s aims are unachievable.