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Iraq and the lessons of Vietnam: Or, How Not to Learn from the Past

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From the launch of the “Shock and Awe” invasion in March 2003 through President George W. Bush’s declaration of “Mission Accomplished” two months later, the war in Iraq was meant to demonstrate definitively that the United States had learned the lessons of Vietnam. This new book makes clear that something closer to the opposite is true—that U.S. foreign policy makers have learned little from the past, even as they have been obsessed with the “Vietnam Syndrome.”

Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam brings together the country’s leading historians of the Vietnam experience. Examining the profound changes that have occurred in the country and the military since the Vietnam War, celebrated historians Marilyn B. Young and Lloyd Gardner have assembled a distinguished group to consider how America has again found itself in the midst of a war in which there is no chance of a speedy victory or a sweeping regime change.

Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam explores how the “Vietnam Syndrome” fits into the contemporary debate about the purpose and exercise of American power in the world. With contributions from some of the most renowned analysts of American history and foreign policy, this is an essential recovery of the forgotten and misbegotten lessons of Vietnam.


  • Christian G. Appy
  • Andrew J. Bacevich
  • David Elliott
  • Alex Danchev
  • Elizabeth L. Hillman
  • Gabriel Kolko
  • Walter LaFeber
  • Wilfried Mausbach
  • Alfred W. McCoy
  • Gareth Porter
  • John Prados
  • Marilyn B. Young

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table_of_contents "I'm with you": Tony Blair and the obligations of alliance: Anglo-American relations in historical perspective /, Class wars /, Counterinsurgency, now and forever /, Familiar foreign policy and familiar wars: Vietnam, Iraq ... before and after /, Female shape of the all-volunteer force /, Forlorn superpower: European reactions to the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq /, Gulliver at bay: the paradox of the imperial presidency /, Manufacturing the threat to justify aggressive war in Vietnam and Iraq /, Mr. Rumsfield's war /, Parallel wars? Can "lessons of Vietnam" be applied to Iraq? /, Torture in the crucible of counterinsurgency /, Wise guys, rough business: Iraq and the Tonkin Gulf /, Zelig in U.S. foreign relations: the roles of China in the American post-9/11 world /
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title Iraq and the lessons of Vietnam Or, How Not to Learn from the Past
title_alt How not to learn from the past., Iraq and the lessons of Vietnam.
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title_sub Or, How Not to Learn from the Past