Roger Morris, The New York Times | February 27, 2009
Faced with a choice between staying and winning or withdrawing and ending the war in Vietnam, Nixon chose the former. ++ The outcome of his policy was complete failure. ++ Obama is now faced with a similar decision. ++ In choosing an exit policy for Iraq and deciding upon future policy in Afghanistan he should let history carry the day. ++ In this way he will avoid making Nixon’s mistakes of ignoring history and culture, and solely focusing on “strategic necessity, national honor and partisan compulsion” which condemned Vietnam to failure.