Another provocative column from Cockburn. Just to add a couple points: The anti- Vietnam War movement in the sixties derived much of its strength from the struggle against racism. The example of African-Americans fighting race and class oppression was a huge inspiration to many in the antiwar movement. Indeed, many of us "old farts" went straight from sit-ins against segregation to sit-ins against the war. We came to see that racism and imperialist wars were opposite signs of the same coin--twin strategies of the ruling class to make profits and stay in power. Many also viewed the struggle in Vietnam as part of the world wide struggle against US/Brit/French/etc. imperialism and neo-colonialism. A question that was sharply posed in the antiwar movement back then was: Are we merely for peace, or do we call for the defeat of US imperialism in Vietnam and elsewhere? To call for the defeat of US in Vietnam or Iraq is based on the notion that Bush, Nixon or Johnson, the government, the war-profiteers etc. are as much our enemy as they were the enemy of the Vietnamese people or the Iraqi people.
And, finally, Bush, who is an idiot, is right about one thing to: To withdraw from Iraq, to leave Iraq and Iraqi oil to the Iraqis, would be a defeat for the US and US interests. I just happen to think that is not a bad thing.