Sen. John McCain said Monday he fears an offensive by Iraqi insurgents similar to the Tet Offensive by the Viet Cong that sent U.S. casualties soaring in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago.
This very article explains why this comparison doesn't work (emphasis added):
Tet, a massive 1968 invasion of South Vietnam by Communist North Vietnamese, inflicted enormous losses on American and South Vietnamese troops and is regarded as the point when U.S. public sentiment turned sharply against the war.
An Iraqi "Tet Offensive" would have to involve an invasion by a foreign nation such as Iran.
Also, in Iraq there are two sets of "Viet Cong" that are at war with each other - the Sunni and Shiite militias.
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