Vietnam and Iraq War Comparison

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Esteban Martinez Francia

Present War in Iraq and Past War in Vietnam

The Vietnam War was a bad decision made by the United States government. There was no reason for the United States to start a war with this foreign country. The Defense Department released a film in 1965 addressing why the United States had to go to war with Vietnam. They said it was to defend freedom and aggression, and to stop the spreading of communism. In reality, this war was made by choice, it was not a “do or die” situation for America, but the United States saw Vietnam as a major threat and decided to declare war on them, only to lose a lot of soldier, time, and money.

In the present days, there has been a relatively similar war, but in Iraq. Bush, when he was President of the United States, declared war in 2003 to Iraq because they supposedly have Weapons of Mass Destruction and because Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Qaeda. Up to present days, there has been no Weapons of Mass Destruction found and there is no clear evidence which state Saddam Hussein’s ties with Al Qaeda. Again, another stupid war which did not have to happen. Millions of lives lost for something that is yet to be proven after nine years.

“Vietnam and Iraq were both wars of choice. And they are also similar in that deceit and misrepresentation was employed by the U.S. government, first to engage U.S. forces and then to keep them there.”
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