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Vietnam and victory

Some claim that the US strategy of ‘clear and hold’ had largely defeated the Viet Cong by 1971, and that the same tactics can work in Iraq. But that gets Vietnam wrong, say the war’s historians.

US soldiers on the ground in Vietnam in 1968.
US soldiers on the ground in Vietnam in 1968. (Larry Burrows / Time Magazine / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images) Larry Burrows / Time Magazine / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images
By Matt Steinglass
December 18, 2005

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SUPPORTERS OF the American invasion and occupation of Iraq have often argued that it has little in common with the Vietnam War. But judging by President Bush's new ''National Strategy for Victory in Iraq,'' unveiled Nov. 30 and promoted in a series of recent speeches, the administration itself may have started to see some parallels. (Full article: 1573 words)

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