Assumption of Command

07 April 2005

Iraq comparison with Tet

Greyhawk has made another great post. This time he has tried to make comparisons with what is currently going on in Iraq, with the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive.

Just in case you didn't know the Tet Offensive is considered the turning point in the Vietnam war. On what was supposed to be a quiet Vietnamese Holiday, it had been in the past, the Viet Cong made their biggest offensive. The US forces crushed the offensive. But what turned the war was the media coverage of the event. All of a sudden the Media was portraying The VC as an Hard and determined enemy, even though they had not won a major battle. But this media "perception" helped the Anti-war effort tremendously. and the bigger the Anti-war effort became, the bolder the enemy became, because they knew that they were making a difference back in America.

Greyhawk goes on to write about the recent Abu Graib Attack:

What if They had a Tet Offensive and Nobody Came?:
Early press reports had the number of American wounded at more than 40, but as noted above only seven were serious enough to require evacuation. And as was noted on the Boots in Baghdad blog, the attack was repelled without need for reinforcements. Still, it was an event of some significance - certainly a reminder that the war isn't over, and if looked at in light of other attacks throughout the country at the time perhaps cause for more concern.
Yes, it is a reminder that there still is a war going on. Yes, we still lose soldiers to enemy action. And yes I have my own reminders of war here on a semi-daily basis. But it has slowed down. But this is far from the hopeless situation that the media said it was after Tet.

Things here are positive. All you have to do is look and see that there is a Sunni as the Iraq Speaker of the House and a Kurd is the Interim President. That would have been unthinkable just 2 years ago. Yes these were symbolic appointments, but it shows the willingness of the Majority to recognize that minority rights are very important to the long term strength of Iraq. I think it is a great step in the right direction. There is no way that the media could "spin" this the wrong way.

We will accomplish the mission here in Iraq, not only because we want to, but the Iraqis want us too as well.

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