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It’s Not 1968 Anymore

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Austin Bay says that al-Qaeda is pulling a Tet Offensive:

But the Tet fantasy is so compelling. Though Tet was by most measures a disaster for the communists, as a media and hence political event, Tet snuffed “the light at the end of the tunnel.” The Johnson administration had told the American public Vietnam had reached a turning point — “the light” — but Tet demonstrated that North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars and Viet Cong (VC) guerrillas were still capable of potent action. NVA General Vo Nguyen Giap planned for maximum psychological and political impact. Communist forces simultaneously hit cities and military bases throughout the south. Though they took huge casualties, Giap’s real target was President Johnson. Communist attackers managed to break into the US embassy compound in Saigon. The assault was repelled, but the moral damage — and dramatic photos — energized Sen Eugene McCarthy’s “peace candidacy.” Political support for LBJ and the Vietnam War withered.

He goes on to say that Iraq is no Vietnam – a statement only liberals disagree with – and he’s right. There is no superpower behind the terrorists, we’re not pulling our punches, and we’ve made incredible progress in bringing Iraq into the democratic family.

But there’s another thing that’s different. In 1968 most Americans got their news from either ABC, CBS, and NBC or from the major papers like the NYT, WaPo, et al. That monolithic world where the media dons controlled the flow of information is gone. Cable news, the internet, blogs, and radio (that old standby) have all flooded into the gap, breaking the monopoly. Liberals want Iraq to be Vietnam because they have a stake in seeing George Bush lose just as when they turned on Johnson in 1968 because he had botched their war.

This time, the rest of us won’t be so easily duped.

Update In the Bullpen has more.

Written by martinipundit

April 13, 2005 at 8:14 pm

Posted in GWOT

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