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  1. Don't ignore Vietnam's lessons for Iraq

    Posted Mar 31st 2007, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Cries for a deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq conjure bitter memories. I was a young reporter in Vietnam on April 30, 1970, when US president Richard Nixon ... Vietnamese suffered devastating blows while US troops were there, but had plenty of time to regroup and mount a full-scale invasion of South Vietnam two years later. They were again thrown back, only ...

  2. Like Vietnam, Iraq will survive US war

    Posted Feb 26th 2008, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... unaffected.' But, then, history often works like that. The equivalent headline in 1975 would have read: 'US defeated in Vietnam; no wider consequences.' Gwynne Dyer is a London-based ...

  3. Vietnam War parallel in Iraq

    Posted Jul 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The war on Iraq is pointless. Americans are getting killed because Iraqis do not want them there. It seems all too similar to the Vietnam War, where so many Americans got involved and then, as the conflict progressed, people jeered at them. At this time, we have to take the soldier's side. You have to be patriotic to your country and it is not the kindest thing ...

  4. VIETNAM WAR: The dying days

    Posted Apr 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The following is a chronology of the final offensive by North Vietnamese forces, which led to the fall of Saigon. 1974 Dec 18: The Vietnam Communist Party Politburo decides on a spring offensive against the South Vietnamese army in the last major push of the Vietnam war. 1975 March 10: North Vietnamese troops attack Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of the central highlands. Fighting ...

  5. The Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Posted Feb 08th 2010, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... with its war against the French colonialists, then against the United States. There had probably been trails for trade for centuries in Laos and Vietnam. The mountains in this border region can ... Vietnam. They divided it into three 'protectorates'. Tonkin was the north. Annam was the centre. Cochinchina was in the south. At first the capital was Saigon in Cochinchina. Saigon ...

  6. 'Wage war in South China Sea'

    Posted Sep 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com There is logic, benefit and good reason for China to wage a war in the South China Sea, with the Philippines and Vietnam being the two key targets, ... are acting out the most right now, the Philippines and Vietnam,' he wrote, adding that punishing the Philippines and Vietnam would also warn other Southeast Asian countries to stop making ...

  7. Reconciliation sends message to Beijing

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... Willard, he carried a succinct message: 'Beware of China.' In more diplomatic language, said US and Vietnamese officials, the ambassador asserted: 'Vietnam and the US should work ... with China- and deterring Chinese aggression if those relations turn sour- was said to be receptive. The US and Vietnam have been gradually forging a reconciliation that can only be called remarkable, ...

  8. Battle against communism never ended for ex-CIA secret warrior

    Posted Jun 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was trained as an officer by French forces, fighting communist Viet Minh guerillas from Vietnam and their Pathet Lao proteges. Charismatic and dogmatic, within three years he was commanding a battalion. As the Vietnam conflict heated up in the early 1960s, Laos was deep in its own civil war. Both North Vietnam and the US violated peace agreements in Laos for their own strategic ends. ...

  9. A futile war grinds on, this time in Afghanistan

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the Vietnam war, we would have reached about 1971. The US government has declared its intention to withdraw from Afghanistan in two years, just as it did in Vietnam in 1971. Richard Nixon wanted his second-term presidential election out of the way before he pulled the plug, just as Barack Obama does now. The Taliban are obviously winning the war in Afghanistan now, just as North Vietnam ...

  10. Obama left with no choice on Afghanistan

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a staged withdrawal from 2011 has prompted comparisons with the Vietnam war, which forced Lyndon Johnson to rule out running for a second term in the White House. Like Johnson, Obama has escalated a war he inherited. And like Johnson and Richard Nixon after him, Obama has portrayed an escalation as an exit strategy. There the comparison with Vietnam ends. The attack on the Taliban ...




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