The Real Significance of the Tet Offensive for Iraq

Brimley, Shawn
October 2006
World Politics Review (19446284);10/27/2006, p2
The article comments on a comparison made by U.S. columnist Thomas Friedman between the recent violence Iraq in 2008 and the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968. First, such a comparison suggests that the violence in Iraq only recently increased, and is tied to the U.S. political calendar. Second, the comparison to Tet gets the history wrong. The Tet Offensive was designed to inflict maximum damage on the South Vietnamese military and topple the government in Saigon.


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