Does the United States have more to fear from the Islamic rebels currently battling our troops in Iraq–or America’s internal Fifth Column? In an analysis headlined “A Mini-Tet Offensive in Iraq,” Arnaud de Borchgrave of UPI wrote April 6, “Iraq will only be another Vietnam if the home front collapses, as it did following the Tet offensive, which began on the eve of the Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, 1968. . . . Tet was an unmitigated military disaster for Hanoi and its Vietcong troops in South Vietnam. Yet that was not the way it was reported in U.S. and other media around the world. It was television’s first war. And some 50 million Americans at home saw the carnage of dead bodies in the rubble, and dazed Americans running around.” Bui Tin, a member of the general staff of the North Vietnamese army, said that the United States failed in Vietnam America “‘because of its democracy. Through dissent and protest, it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win,'” said de Borchgrave.
Sign up to the Human Events newsletter