So, apparently jihadi apologists at the New York Times are comparing the current upswing in violence by the enemy in Iraq with the Tet Offensive launched by the Vietcong and the NVA in 1968. The news media is absolutely ecstatic that George Bush has “admitted” a parallel to Vietnam in this situation.
Mr Bush was asked in television interview whether he agreed with an opinion by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that the current violence in Iraq was “the jihadist equivalent of the Tet offensive”.
The useful idiots and fellow travelers might want to rethink their jubilation. The US Army won the series of battles following the Tet Offensive handily, killing over 10,000 NVA and Vietcong in a matter of weeks. Despite the seemingly large number of US casualties, that parallel seems sound, (especially with The Lancet reporting a 20:1 ratio of Iraqi and jihadist to allied deaths). Communist fellow travelers and useful idiots at home used TV and the images of war to sap public confidence at home after Tet. Now jihadi fellow travelers and useful idiots at home have the audacity to make this comparison and the foolishness to act jubilant when George Bush confirms it.
By comparing the current offensive to Tet, the jihadi apologists are confirming two things that many of us have been saying all along. First, that the US military is winning on the battlefield. Second, that no matter how bravely and well our military performs, the jihadi fellow travelers and useful idiots can sink the effort right here at home. Neither parallel to Tet is one I’d want to be drawing if I were a media apologist for the jihadis.