On March 19, 1968 - Presidential advisors advise getting out of Vietnam War.
On March 19, 2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces had launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq. The attack, using cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs, were aimed at Iraqi leaders thought to be near Baghdad.
Here on a single date 35 years apart is one of the most flagrant examples of refusing to learn from history. When we entered these wars there were no set objectives of what would constitute victory. Without a definition for victory then the wars were doomed to be endless. The advisers to LBJ were brought to reality by the fiasco known as the Tet Offensive, while technically a military victory for the US it was a public relations disaster and morale buster.
The Iraqi war was quickly exposed for the invasion and occupation it really was. Corporate greed now rules even more than it did during Vietnam.
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