Roommate and TNR superstar Spencer Ackerman describes the Other Vietnam Syndrome:
It’s true enough that, for more than 30 years, the left has not infrequently suffered from “Vietnam syndrome”–the assumption that any military engagement will be a moral disaster and a potential quagmire. But, though it has been less examined, the lesson the right took from Vietnam–that the true danger to national security is not misguided wars, but overzealous opposition to misguided wars–is, if anything, more dangerous. Call it the Other Vietnam Syndrome.
Read the whole thing, as the kids say. I actually think there’s also a third Vietnam Syndrome, but that’s a story for another day.