Obama, Beware: Afghanistan Is 'Another Vietnam'

Domestic issues must trump unwinnable war: Dem elder statesman
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2009 12:10 PM CST
Obama, Beware: Afghanistan Is 'Another Vietnam'
Sen. George McGovern speaks at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans on April 18, 2009. McGovern, a decorated WWII pilot, spoke about his war experiences and his book on Abraham Lincoln.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

When George McGovern hears about President Obama's plans for Afghanistan, he reluctantly reaches an unavoidable conclusion. "I can only think: another Vietnam," the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee writes in the Washington Post. "I hope I am incorrect, but history tells me otherwise." After 9 years at war, he asks: "Why waste these fine soldiers any longer?"

McGovern, a World War II veteran, revisits his vociferous opposition to involvement in Vietnam and uses Lyndon Johnson's story as a cautionary tale for Obama. "Johnson had a brilliant record in domestic affairs, but Vietnam choked his dream of a Great Society," he cautions. "The war had become unbearable to so many Americans—civilian and military—that the landslide victor of 1964 did not seek reelection four years later."
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