Giuliani: Iraq Pullout Would Be 'Worse Than Vietnam'
Aug. 22, 2007 (KABC-TV) (KABC) -- Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was in the Southland Wednesday and he spoke one-on-one with Eyewitness News Reporter John North. When asked if the Iraq War can be compared with the Vietnam War, Giuliani said the outcome will be worse than in Vietnam if American troops pull out.
President Bush on Wednesday dropped his opposition to any comparison of the Iraq War with the failed war in Vietnam.
At the same time in Anaheim, the leading Republican to take Bush's job told Eyewitness News that he feels the dangers from Iraq are potentially greater than the Vietnam withdrawal.
Vietnam was considered an embarrassing defeat for America. President Bush used Vietnam as a cautionary story for those urging an Iraq pullout.
"Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price for American credibility," said President Bush. "But the terrorists see it differently."
Giuliani takes it even further. He says an Iraq pullout will increase the terrorists' power.
"There's an extra danger involved in this that might be worse than Vietnam. And it's not about scale. Obviously the Vietnam scale is much larger," said Giuliani. "This is an enemy, the Islamic terrorists, who have proven to be even more aggressive than the Communists were, in the sense that the Communists never attacked within the United States."
The Republicans are divided on withdrawal and support for the war. Democrats are unanimous in support of withdrawal, but they disagree on the timing and the pace.
Giuliani has accused his Democratic opponents of being weak on fighting terrorism. The charge is a centerpiece of his campaign.
"The Democrats want us to be on defense. It's an approach of defeatism and declinism," said Giuliani. "I believe we are safer when we are on offense. You've got to negotiate from great strength. You can't prevail in a negotiation when you lose all your leverage."
Support for the war has clearly damaged former top-tier candidate John McCain. But apparently it hasn't hurt Rudy Giuliani. He's still leading the Republican contenders.
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