"A baby boomer who came of age during the turbulent Vietnam era and spent the war stateside as a member of the Texas Air National Guard, the president called himself amazed by the sights of the onetime war capital. He pronounced it hopeful that the United States and Vietnam have reconciled differences after a war that ended 31 years ago when the Washington-backed regime in Saigon fell.
"My first reaction is history has a long march to it, and societies change and relationships can constantly be altered to the good," Bush said after speeding past signs of both poverty and the commerce produced by Asia’s fastest-growing economy.
The president said there was much to be learned from the divisive Vietnam War — the longest conflict in U.S. history — as his administration contemplates new strategies for the increasingly difficult war in Iraq, now in its fourth year. But his critics see parallels with Vietnam — a determined insurgency and a death toll that has drained public support — that spell danger for dragging out U.S. involvement in Iraq.
"It’s just going to take a long period of time for the ideology that is hopeful — and that is an ideology of freedom — to overcome an ideology of hate," Bush said after having lunch at his lakeside hotel with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, whose country has been one of America’s strongest allies in Iraq, Vietnam and other conflicts. Yahoo News
Well, at least he got to visit, finally. Maybe someone can tell me what he is talking about in the highlighted sections. Does he mean that Vietnam has "arrived" and is an acceptable "freedom state?" Does he mean that he thinks of Iraq as a decade long project as VN was? What does he mean?
Oh, by the way, that guy at present arms just by Bush in the picture, I think I remember his great-uncle.