Today in a speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Salt Lake City, President Bush drew an analogy between the U.S. forces’ ongoing efforts in Iraq and a previous generation’s struggle in World War II:
From the beaches of Normandy to the snows of Korea, courageous Americans gave their lives so others could live in freedom. Since the morning of September the 11th, we have known that the war on terror would require great sacrifice, as well. [8/22/05]
Predictably, Bush has never compared the current conflict to Vietnam. But Senator Chuck Hagel, a decorated veteran of that conflict, suggests that’s the war from which we should be drawing lessons:
“We’re past that stage now because now we are locked into a bogged-down problem not unsimilar, dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam,” Hagel said. “The longer we stay, the more problems we’re going to have.