December 1st, 2009
08:35 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama: Afghanistan not another Vietnam

WEST POINT, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday the Afghanistan war is different than the Vietnam war that divided America in the 1960s and 70s.

"Unlike Vietnam, we are joined by a broad coalition of 43 nations that recognizes the legitimacy of our action," Obama said in announcing the deployment of an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

"Unlike Vietnam, we are not facing a broad-based popular insurgency," he said. "And most importantly, unlike Vietnam, the American people were viciously attacked from Afghanistan, and remain a target for those same extremists who are plotting along its border."


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Did John McCain get that message. McCain didn't fight in Vietnam, the only fight he fought is in his head, my husband, brother and brother-in-law fought in Vietnam. John McCain has never done anything for Veterans.

    December 1, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    How about Fact Checking that comment about 'we're joined by a coalition of 43 Nations' Who are all the 43 nations supporting us with boots on the ground?

    December 1, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Tom

    That is about the only truth I've heard. No way the Taliban are anywhere near the same league as the NVA and Viet-Cong.

    December 1, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. JIM

    Then why bring it up MORON No one with half a brin thinks it is.
    BLA BLA BLA OBAMA has never told the truth, Ill wait for his actions.
    CLIMATEGATE and the ECONOMY CNN you ignore the real stories.

    December 1, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. surprised??

    ummmm....did we tell them when we're leaving in Vietnam.???

    don't think so.

    this is gonna be a much worse blood bath than Vietnam.

    HOPe and CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!

    YEAHHHHHHHHH

    December 1, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are vast differences that go beyond geography. The cold war influence is over and there is no Soviet threat to worry about. As Obama mentioned, we were attacked by people based in Afghanistan. That didn't happen in Vietnam which is a major difference. We also aim to restart a government in Afghanistan unlike Vietnam where we went in to support a somewhat corrupt non-communist government that we thought could be an ally in the area; so much for the domino theory.

    December 1, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |