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Could war with Iraq be Vietnam II We seem bent upon saving the Vietnamese from Ho Chi Minh even if we have to kill them and demolish their country to do it I do not intend to remain silent in the face of what I regard as a policy of madness which sooner or later will envelop my son and American youth by the millions for years to come George McGovern speech to US Senate April 25 1967 Would going to war with Iraq be Vietnam all over again This question is an on going debate among scholars and politicians across the world To understand the answer to this question we must look at what Vietnam really was and how it relates to the Iraq situation of today In the following paper I will take you into the jungles of Vietnam and show you truly why we fought in Vietnam and the results of this war upon our country Then I will share with you the Iraq situation the United States is facing After we have a better understanding of the relationship of Vietnam compared to Iraq we shall find it much easier to see what United States should do with its current situation We fight because we must fight if we are to live in a world where every country can shape its own destiny and only in such a world will our own freedom be finally secure We are there because we have a promise to keep Since 1954 every American President has offered support to the people of South Viet-Nam We have helped to build and we have helped to defend Thus over many years we have made a national pledge to help South Viet-Nam defined its independence Lyndon B Johnson Why Americans Fight in Vietnam 1965 The Vietnam War was not just something sprung up out of nowhere in the mid 1960s it started in 1954 and did not
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