Trying To Maintain Rationality

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Attacking Syria Now? WTF?

According to Dan Simpson of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "U.S. military and Bush administration civilian officials confirmed last week that U.S. forces have invaded Syria and engaged in combat with Syrian forces."

Now for the painfully obvious analogue (well... at least to intelligent people with any sense of history... i.e. no one in this administration, or any of its supporters):

The parallel with the Vietnam War, where a Nixon administration deeply involved in a losing war expanded the conflict -- fruitlessly in the event -- to neighboring Cambodia, is obvious. The end result was not changed in Vietnam; Cambodia itself was plunged into dangerous chaos, which climaxed in the killing fields, where an estimated 1 million Cambodians died as a result of internal conflict.

Yay. Undercover wars. Hooray.


  • Not undercover wars, dirty wars.

    And curious. Somebody's pushing this Cambodia line. Who, Why? From the NYTimes, I put it up on the blog Saturday

    Some current and former officials add that the United States military is considering plans to conduct special operations inside Syria, using small covert teams for cross-border intelligence gathering.

    The broadening military effort along the border has intensified as the Iraqi constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday approaches, and as frustration mounts in the Bush administration and among senior American commanders over their inability to prevent foreign radical Islamists from engaging in suicide bombings and other deadly terrorist acts inside Iraq.

    Increasingly, officials say, Syria is to the Iraq war what Cambodia was in the Vietnam War: a sanctuary for fighters, money and supplies to flow over the border and, ultimately, a place for a shadow struggle.

    -Just kinda weird, huh?

    I'll put the two up together over at my place.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:39:00 AM  

  • Yep, here we go, "Vietnam: The Sequel".

    Like somebody once said "The only thing man learns from history is that man learns nothing from history."

    By Blogger Grandpa Eddie, at Thursday, October 20, 2005 4:59:00 PM  

  • mikevotes; pops -

    I don't like it one bit. Nope.

    By Blogger EconAtheist, at Thursday, October 20, 2005 7:28:00 PM  

  • Did a little more homework on the Syria as Cambodia thing, if you care. Basically the NYTimes piece was the first real mention of this idea, but it has been slowly metastatizing all over the place in opeds.

    Interestingly, the first recent mention I could find of Syria and Cambodia linked together was in Bush's "major terror speech" to the NED that got panned a couple weeks ago. He likened the leaders of Syria and Iran to Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot.

    I remember thinking at the time, "Pol Pot? Very evil guy, but when did he get added to the pantheon of American super-villians.

    I know, not the same thing, but still curious.

    I've got another post up on it if you care.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at Friday, October 21, 2005 3:04:00 PM  

  • mike -

    I'd heard rumblings about Syria but was waiting for something "definitive"...

    I hear ya, bro.

    By Blogger EconAtheist, at Friday, October 21, 2005 8:26:00 PM  

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