Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — Former Democratic U.S. Senator Max Cleland, a disabled Vietnam veteran, said President George W. Bush made a faulty analogy when he cited that war to bolster his case for continuing U.S. military operations in Iraq.
“One of the lessons to be learned from Vietnam is that the commitment of American military strength alone cannot solve another country’s political weakness,” Cleland said today in the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address. “This should be a somber warning to us all to responsibly end the war in Iraq and the additional loss of precious American lives.”
“Some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price for American credibility, but the terrorists see it differently,” Bush said in Kansas City in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the largest U.S. veterans’ group.
Cleland, who was defeated for the Senate in 2002 by Republican Saxby Chambliss, said Bush has a “credibility gap” just as political leaders during the Vietnam era did, and is “trying to sell the American people a bill of goods on the Iraq war.”
“I’ve seen this movie before. I know how it ends,” Cleland, who lost both legs and his right arm in a grenade explosion in 1968, said. “I know all the PR in the world didn’t change the truth on the ground in Vietnam and won’t change the truth on the ground today in Iraq.”
Scoot away, Chimpy and Dead-Eye Dick!! Max Cleland may have lost his legs, but he can still kick your cowardly lying chickenhawk asses!!