Regretted Wars: Veterans of Vietnam and Iraq Compare Experiences

Mar 6, 2015

A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans (71%) now say the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it.” That’s similar to sentiments from the Vietnam era about that conflict.

What is it like to serve in a war that is regretted to this extent?

We didn't have any parades when we came back from Vietnam. - Tony Powers

On this edition of River to River - a look at the similarities between the conflict in Iraq and the Vietnam War. Joining the conversation are Iraq veteran Michael Mortensen, and Vietnam veteran Tony Powers.

Also, political analyst Dennis Goldford provides context on public opinion and politics during both time periods.