Once again it looks like the CIA’s reliance on electronic gadgetry
has done far more harm than good. Just the fact that a number of women
and children were killed in an effort to take out al Qaeda’s
second-in-command is enough to negate any gains even if the exercise
had been successful.
The similarities between Vietnam and Iraq are obvious to me, but
there are differences, as well, and I’ll leave it to the experts —
historians, political scientists — to eventually tweeze out comparisons
between one war and the other. However, they have at least one thing in
common: In the earliest stages of both wars some journalists and
scholars recognized the complexities and dangers ahead, but their
warnings were generally ignored by our leadership.