Matthews on Today show: "fair comparisons" of Iraq to Vietnam

<p><img vspace="2" hspace="2" border="0" align="right" src="http://newsbusters.org/media/2005-08-24-NBCToday.jpg" />You know the MSM figure a story has legs when they create a logo for it, and sure enough Today opened its segment with a natty little logo of an American solider, an Iraqi flag, and the emblazoned question: &quot;Iraq – the new Vietnam?”</p><p>In to answer the question was that paragon of objectivity Chris Matthews – former aide to Dem House Speaker Tip O’Neill.</p><p>There’s nothing Dems like better than a renegade Republican, and Chuck Hagel has been filling that role nicely. Lauer opened with this quote from Hagel: “The reason I don’t think more troops are the answer right now is that we’re past that stage right now. We’re locked into a bogged-down problem not dissimilar to Vietnam.”</p><p>Matthews agreed with Lauer’s suggestion that Hagel’s statement was a problem for the President. “He’s not just a Republican. The Senator from Nebraska is from a red state, very much the heartland of America, an extremely Republican state.” Enough already, Chris. We get it: Nebraska ain’t New York.</p><p>Continued Matthews: “We’re not talking about Yoko Ono here or Jane Fonda. We’re talking about a guy from the Midwest, a Republican, who served his country and now thinks he sees echoes of a war he himself fought in himself.”</p><p>As to the question of the day, Matthews found two “fair comparisons” with Vietnam.</p><p>The first: “everybody says we can’t bug out. We can’t cut and run.” </p><p>Well, Chris, when we did cut and run from Vietnam, the Communists imposed a brutal dictatorship from which the country still hasn’t emerged more than 30 years later, killing perhaps one million Vietnamese in the process, with another two million slaughtered in Cambodia.<span> </span>Sounds like the anti-cut and run crowd had a point, doesn't it?.</p><p>Next, opined Matthews: &quot; there’s also another phrase from Vietnam that comes to mind: ‘no light at the end of the tunnel.<span>' </span>This sense of murkiness, when is it ever going to end?”</p><p>Speaking of murkiness, Matthews ended with this murky musical allusion: “It seems like we’re going to be hearing Dusty Springfield - the chopper blades again.”</p><p>Dusty Springfield?<span> </span>Or was it Buffalo Springfield?<span> </span>Doesn’t matter, we get the point, Chris:</p><p>The image the MSM would most like to have in time for Hillary! ’08?<span> </span>Americans being evacuated from the roof of the embassy in Baghdad.</p><p><!--StartFragment --> <i>Finkelstein has degrees from Cornell University and Harvard Law School.He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts &quot;Right Angle,&quot; a local political talk show. Finkelstein specializes in exposing liberal bias at NBC's Today</i><i> Show.</i> </p><div class="node"><div class="entry"><p><i><img hspace="0" border="0" src="http://www.geocities.com/cjstender/picts/mark.jpg" /></i></p></div></div>

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