Bush recalls Vietnam to support Iraq surge
Anne Davies and Farah Stockman, Washington
August 24, 2007
US PRESIDENT George Bush's decision to compare Iraq to Vietnam for the first time to support his troop "surge" strategy has ignited a fierce debate among US historians and political analysts who argue that most Americans regard US involvement in Vietnam as a historic blunder and a stinging military defeat.
After years of rejecting the comparison, Mr Bush surprised observers by invoking the "painful and complex" legacy of Vietnam as an example of why the US military must continue fighting in Iraq, declaring that America must not "abandon" Iraqis struggling to build a free society.