- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 20, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your Thursday editorial “Afghanistan is not Vietnam … yet,” left out the most important comparison between President Johnson’s Vietnam and President Obama’s Afghanistan. Both presidents had very ambitious domestic agendas and did not want any bad news from their wars to distract from those agendas. Read “Dereliction of Duty” by H.R. McMaster to see how Mr. Johnson prefaced all decisions regarding Vietnam on how they would impact his domestic policies and personal popularity.

Then look at what is happening today as Mr. Obama punts on putting more troops into the country while he uses all his energies to push his domestic agenda. Mr. Johnson’s failures to act cost the United States dearly by allowing the North Vietnamese to build up their defenses while the United States dithered. Mr. Obama accused the George W. Bush administration of allowing the Taliban to get reorganized while the United States was distracted in Iraq. That will be seen as a far better use of the time than putting a domestic agenda ahead of keeping U.S. troops from harm in Afghanistan.

Remember the last two one-term elected presidents and how they fared when faced with unpleasant realities. Mr. Obama is looking to be another one-term man.

DAVID WOODS

Grapevine, Texas

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide