The US President has come under fire from Democrats for admitting that there may be similarities between the Iraq and Vietnam wars. In a TV interview, George Bush said it could be right to compare Iraq’s situation to the 1968 Tet offensive, which changed the political tide for the then president, Lyndon Johnson.
But a Pentagon spokesman said the presence of more troops is causing more casualties. As the US edges towards midterm elections next month, October is on course to be one of the bloodiest months for US forces. Around 70 troops have been killed so far – one of the highest casualty rates sustained by the US military since January 2005.