WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Senator John McCain said that while the US fight to end Iraq's insurgency is "tough," it in no way compares to the US war
in Vietnam more than a generation ago.
"I still don't believe there's a good comparison to Vietnam," said McCain, a former Navy pilot who was held there as a prisoner of war for more
than five years.
"This was primarily a nationalist movement that we saw in Vietnam, although it had trappings of Communism," he told NBC television.
"The people of Iraq, I think, showed they want to govern themselves by the election," he continued, saying he sees "significant progress" in some
"I think democracy and freedom is spreading throughout the Middle East. I think it's a direct result of the events in Iraq, at least partially,"
said McCain, who said on a scale of one to 10, he would give the US effort in Iraq a "six."
"The key to it is patience," McCain added.
"The key to it is telling the American people it's going to be long and it's going to be hard and difficult. And we can and must win," he said.
of course there are those who disagree with him.
McCain remarks were in sharp contrast to those of another prominent Senate Republican, Chuck Hagel, who in a magazine interview this week slammed the
Bush administration's Iraq policy as "disconnected from reality."
"The reality is that we're losing in Iraq," Hagel today US News and World Report, in some of the harshest comments on the war so far from a member
of the president's party.
of course i dont believe we are losing the war, but i dont believe we are winning soon either. of course each war is different and it is bad to
compare this war to Vietnam, i remember people who called Afghanistan as America's next Vietnam just prior to invasion in 2001, people like to
compare this war to Vietnam to scare people into believing we cant win because Vietnam was the only war we ever lost. so wenever we fight a war
sombody, maybe those who has opposing views of a president or is anti war says Vietnam and we all duck and scoot.