Wednesday, October 18


But of course that won't change his course.

President Bush said in a one-on-one interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that a newspaper column comparing the current fighting in Iraq to the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam, which was widely seen as the turning point in that war, might be accurate.

Stephanopoulos asked whether the president agreed with the opinion of columnist Tom Friedman, who wrote in The New York Times today that the situation in Iraq may be equivalent to the Tet offensive in Vietnam almost 40 years ago.

"He could be right," the president said, before adding, "There's certainly a stepped-up level of violence, and we're heading into an election."

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Blogger Michael said...

I suspect Bush views Tet as the classic example of US media outlets misrepresenting the battlefield, with serious and unfortunate consequences. That would be inline with the prevaling historical understanding of Tet.

As far as Vietnam comparisons go, I agree this one is pretty accurate. But I think it follows that "changing course" does involve accurate media reporting of violence in Iraq, why it's happening, who's committing it, and what they hope to gain from it.

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