Saturday, March 24, 2007
Iraq & Vietnam
Historians Lloyd Gardner and Marilyn Young have published a new book, Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam Or, How Not to Learn from the Past. It draws on the U.S. experience in the Vietnam War for apt comparisons and assesses the role of China, European reactions, counterinsurgency, the imperial presidency, the manufacture of intelligence, the creation and selling of foreign policy, and the demographics of military service. Contributors include the authors, Christian Appy, Andrew Bacevich, Alex Danchev, David Elliott, Gabriel Kolko, Walter LaFeber, Wilfried Mausbach, Alfred McCoy, Gareth Porter, John Prados, and me (I wrote an essay on women in the military from Vietnam through today).