Friday, April 09, 2004

Re-fighting Old Wars

Ted Kennedy thinks Iraq is Bush's Vietnam. Why can't it be Bush's Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, invasion of Grenada, Gulf War, or even the whatchamacallit in the Balkans? None of those wars became a quagmire? Not true.

We were stuck with Cuba and the Philippines for decades after winning the Spanish-American War. We still have troops in Germany almost 60 years after winning World War II, and troops in Korea 50 years after the quagmire -- oops -- stalemate there. I think we still have a military presence in the Balkans, even after having brought Milosovich to the uncertain tribunal of international justice.

Ted, you should come up with a term more imaginative than "quagmire." How about "Chappaquiddick"? "Iraq is Bush's Chappaquiddick" would have the ring of moral authority, wouldn't it?