Via Editor & Publisher:
NEW YORK Appearing with Larry King on his CNN show Monday night, Bob Woodward repeated much of what has already come out from his new book "State of Denial," but also added new information and commentary.Perhaps my view here is a bit skewed (Vietnam was over before I was born) but one would think that you don't need Henry Kissinger to tell you that the War in Iraq is more important than Vietnam.
Highlighting why he feels so strongly about the book, he said the alternate title for it was, "Crisis." He explained: "This is a big war. Henry Kissinger said this is more important that Vietnam." Woodward said of the war: "It's going south."
Le me be the first to say that the most important war is the one you're currently fighting - especially for the people doing the fighting, Vietnam vets or those serving right now in Iraq.
That said, the major reason that Iraq is more important is that Vietnam was an unimportant piece of realastate. Granted, Vietnam was seen as part of a larger conflict, the 'Global War on Communism' if you will. But failure in Vietnam didn't mean the loss of any vital resources. While a Communist victory in Vietnam may have been a propaganda victory for the Soviets, they would have little of strategic value to show for the victory.
Vietnam didn't sit on top of 15% of the world's known oil reserves. Vietnam didn't share a border with an emerging world power as Iraq does with Iran. Vietnam wasn't smack in the middle of one of the most volatile and important regions in the world. Vietnam didn't have a Kurdish population antagonizing an E.U. state which shares a 220 mile border.
Most importantly, Vietnam wasn't a training ground for young men determined to spread anti-American and anti-Western violence around the globe. The Vietnam conflict was contained. The War in Iraq exports violence around the region, around the globe, and has made life on American soil more dangerous.
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