Bush draws parallels between Iraq and Vietnam

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President George W Bush last night conceded for the first time that there were parallels between the current fighting in Iraq and the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War.

Mr Bush was asked in a television interview whether he agreed with a newspaper columnist that the current bloodshed in Iraq may be the equivalent to the 1968 Tet Offensive, generally considered a key turning point in the American war in Vietnam.

“He could be right,” Mr Bush said. “There’s certainly a stepped-up level of violence, and we’re heading into an election.”

The Tet Offensive, a campaign launched by the North Vietnamese, was considered a military defeat for them, but the scope of the assault shocked Americans and helped turn US public opinion against the war.

Many Americans concluded that the war was unwinnable or victory too costly.

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