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A Little Morning Deja Vu

Let's play a game of who said that:

Stephanopoulos asked whether ____________ agreed with the opinion of columnist Tom Friedman, who wrote in The New York Times that the situation in Iraq may be equivalent to the Tet offensive in Vietnam almost 40 years ago.

"He could be right," _____________ said, before adding, "There's certainly a stepped-up level of violence, and we're heading into an election."

"George, my gut tells me that they have all along been trying to inflict enough damage that we'd leave," ____________ said. "And the leaders of al Qaeda have made that very clear. Look, here's how I view it. First of all, al Qaeda is still very active in Iraq. They are dangerous. They are lethal. They are trying to not only kill American troops, but they're trying to foment sectarian violence. They believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause government to withdraw."

____________ said he could not imagine any circumstances under which all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Iraq before the end of [the Bush] presidency.

"You mean every single troop out? No," he told Stephanopoulos.

Any guesses?  Yep, President Bush.  The occupation of Iraq and increased violence there could be just like the Tet Offensive.  You know, as I recall, the Tet Offensive was the turning point in American support for the Vietnam War, which was generally considered to be an unwinnable quagmire at the end of that series of engagements.

Don't know about you, but I'm getting a little morning deja vu…nobody's right, when everybody's wrong.  Had enough?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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