Iraq Casts Shorter Shadow Than Vietnam (NPR)


For a broadcast about the Iraq war on the 10th anniversary of its beginning, NPR interviews William Wohlforth, Dartmouth’s Daniel Webster Professor of Government, who says there is an “Iraq syndrome, at least among the foreign policy establishment, in showing virtually no commitment for something that might morph into an Iraq or an Afghanistan.”

But if the Iraq war casts a shorter shadow than Vietnam, there’s less bitterness attached to that shadow, Wohlforth suggests. “Very few are going to come forward and claim Iraq as a victory,” he says, “but it doesn’t seem as unambiguous a defeat as Vietnam.”

Listen the full story, broadcast 3/19/13 on NPR.

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