View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Why Perspective is Important

Remember the Tet Offensive? That was the VC's ill-fated attack on the US in Vietnam. It destroyed them as a fighting force, but they took a lot of US soldiers with them, at one point penetrating the American Embassy compound in Saigon. Well, if the Iraqi forces show any sort of regional or national coordination, as Gen. Abazaid seems to think is possible, we could face the same type of thing. We needn't have Vietnam-scale casualties to have a severe effect on the home front's morale. Which is why it's so important to keep perspective now. We'll be in Iraq for a while, and most of the Iraqis want us there, helping to fix the place up. We need to keep our collective eye on the ball, and remember that any coordinated attack is going to hurt them much more than it hurts us.

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