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Obama Rejects Afghanistan-Vietnam Comparison

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/09/2009

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John Harwood

WASHINGTON President Obama rejected comparisons on Monday between the war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Vietnam a generation ago, but he expressed concern about the dangers of overreach and pledged a full debate before making further decisions on strategy.

The president's comments, in an interview at the White House with The New York Times and CNBC, appeared to be a response to rising unease within his own party in Congress about the possibility of the United States becoming bogged down in Afghanistan.

Asked whether he worried about repeating the fate of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who declined to seek re-election in 1968 as a result of the turmoil over Vietnam, Mr. Obama replied: You have to learn lessons from history. On the other hand, each historical moment is different. You never step into the same river twice.

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"Obama Rejects Afghanistan-Vietnam Comparison", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2009. Consulté le 23/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/obama-rejects-afghanistan-vietnam-comparison