The Long Twilight Fight Club § Unqualified Offerings: In comments downblog, Gary Farber tries get clever:
The reason losing the Vietnam War was supposed to be a Bad Thing was because it would make the U.S. look irresolute and weak.
We seem to have survived.
Please. We “survived” the humiliation of Vietnam because our only real threat was a nuclear-armed superpower that managed to align itself for a time with a worldwide tide of anti-colonialism. Today the United States faces several hundred bad-tempered men with beards. There’s no margin for error against that kind of opposition.