Bush admits Iraq is like Vietnam (except Bush had a plan to get out of Vietnam)

October 20, 2006

We’ve lost battle for Baghdad, US admits

· President concedes war may be at turning point
· Mounting death toll brings comparison with Vietnam

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Friday October 20, 2006
The Guardian

A man shouts for help in Yarmouk hospital, Baghdad
Victims of a roadside bomb in Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Hadi Mizban/AP

A day after George Bush conceded for the first time that America may have reached the equivalent of a Tet offensive in Iraq, the Pentagon yesterday admitted defeat in its strategy of securing Baghdad.The admission from President Bush that the US may have arrived at a turning point in this war – the Tet offensive led to a massive loss of confidence in the American presence in Vietnam – comes during one of the deadliest months for US forces since the invasion.

Yesterday the number of US troops killed since October 1 rose to 73, deepening the sense that America is trapped in an unwinnable situation and further damaging Republican chances in midterm elections that are less than three weeks away.

In Baghdad a surge in sectarian killings has forced the Pentagon to review its entire security plan for the capital, Major General William Caldwell, a US military spokesman, said yesterday. more

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