At the opening of his Friday broadcast, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith host “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace and asked him to react to the news that President Barack Obama would be doubling the number of troops combating ISIS in Iraq from 1,500 to 3,000.
Partial transcript as follows:
SMITH: What is happening in Iraq? They go and do what they going to do. But you can’t say, we’re not sending in ground troops, and then send them in, and have those two things not be in conflict with each other. Just doesn’t work like that.
WALLACE: You know, don’t want to overstate but I’ve got to say, for those of us who are old enough to have lived through it, this has a little bit of the scent of Vietnam.
SMITH: It absolutely does.
WALLACE: We remember in the early ’60s when President Kennedy sent in a few hundred advisers and then a few thousand and then 15,000. We know how that ended up. Not saying this will be the same way, but now as we’re doubling from – it was a few hundred, then 1,500, now it’s 3,000, it does have the scent of Vietnam about it.
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