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Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon

Author: Stephen D. Biddle, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
March/April 2006
Foreign Affairs


Most discussions of U.S. policy in Iraq assume that it should be informed by the lessons of Vietnam. But the conflict in Iraq today is a communal civil war, not a Maoist "people's war," and so those lessons are not valid. "Iraqization," in particular, is likely to make matters worse, not better.

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