Vietnam surfaces on both sides of Iraq debate

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As President Bush was preparing to announce plans to send more troops to Iraq earlier this month, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy chose to talk about another conflict.

"In Vietnam, the White House grew increasingly obsessed with victory, and increasingly divorced from the will of the people," the 74-year-old Massachusetts Democrat said in a speech to the National Press Club.

"We all know what happened, though," he continued.

"There was no military solution to that war…. In the end, 58,000 Americans died in the search for it. Echoes of that disaster are all around us today."

Kennedy mentioned Vietnam seven times in the speech, in which he outlined plans to challenge Bush's proposed troop increase.

Other members of Congress would follow.

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