Friday, August 24, 2007

'00 Bush Disagrees With '07 Bush on Lessons from Vietnam

"A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam: When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear and the victory must be overwhelming." [Bush address to RNC convention, 8/4/00]

"The Republican presidential front-runner also says he learned “the lesson of Vietnam.” “Our nation should be slow to engage troops. But when we do so, we must do so with ferocity. We must not go into a conflict unless we go in committed to win. We can never again ask the military to fight a political war,” Bush wrote. [AP, 11/15/99, reporting on Bush’s biography A Charge To Keep]

Think Progress » Post-War Bush Forgets Pre-War Bush’s ‘Lessons Of Vietnam’

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