RitalinKid said:I'm not old enough to remember Vietnam, but all the people I know that are say there's no comparison. This army is strictly volunteer. The daily death totals are nowhere near the totals of Vietnam. There is no superpower backing the resistance as in Vietnam. IMO, this situation is ten times better than Vietnam. The difference is the media is all over it; we know everything. Sometimes we know more than we should concerning troop movements.
Are those people you speak with the same ones who maintain that America was not defeated in Vietnam?
Do you think that war began with conscription? Do you think the body-bag count was as big in that war's early stages as it became at its height? Or that the "situation" didn't start out "ten times better" than it would become before the US had to withdraw with its tail between its legs, spouting ridiculous slogans about "Peace with Honor"?
US. forces are not strictly volunteer already, anyway. Soldiers due for discharge are being kept in the forces whether they want to stay or not.
It was not support from any superpower that ended that war. It was world-wide condemnation of what the US. was doing, strongest condemnation coming from inside the US. itself. Vietnamese resolve was what kept the war going, and made American resolve crumble. Bombing people from high altitude is easy, if you're psychopathic enough to have the stomach for it; but that won't win a war. Fighting on the ground is another thing altogether. Modern America has no stomach for that.
And it is fighting an enemy now made up of people who don't care if they live or die. How's that for a frightening prospect? Are you going to kill them all? Do you think the rest of the world will let you? Or are you going to do a Randy Newman and drop the big one on everyone?
I'm not worried: We'll save Australia, don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
We'll build an all-American amusement park there
They've got surfin' toooo…!