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Sunni-Shiite Feuds and the Lessons of Vietnam

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Sunni-Shiite Feuds and the Lessons of Vietnam

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Sunni-Shiite Feuds and the Lessons of Vietnam

Sunni-Shiite Feuds and the Lessons of Vietnam

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Ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq has U.S. politicians and the public wondering if Iraq is on the brink of civil war. Madeleine Brand talks to Stephen Biddle, defense expert and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the Bush administration's efforts to clamp down on Shiite-Sunni Muslim blood feuds.

Biddle asserts that U.S. forces are applying lessons from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War — a strategy he says is destined to fail.