How have attitudes changed from the Vietnam war and the War in Iraq?

Both wars from what I know were highly disagreed upon. But we seem to support out troops more now then they did for the Vietnam War. I have heard numerous stories from Vietnam vets saying how they had been spit upon and such upon their return home. Much less support for them. Now I am not a history major, so my views may be skewed by the stories I hear and things I see in the media. So, if anyone can enlighten me more that would be greatly appreciated.

Asked By: - 9/22/2008
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Answered By: Orion - 9/22/2008
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Vietnam was a much huger scale... we now see each and every dead soldier returned's name, family, etc. At least in Canada we do, I think yours are kind of kept low key unless they want to trot out a hero to get you all going again... More
Answered By: Jen - 9/22/2008
Well, yes. It is because the Vietnam war had much more casualties then the Iraq war, so that kinda makes it easier to support our troops. Vietnam had 3 million more casualties on our side then Iraq, so that might be a huge factor. Also Iraq was completely voluntarily fought, not drafted like in Vietnam.
Answered By: Thorae - 9/22/2008
Because the Vietnam era people were idiots who did not love their country and were more concerned with burning draft cards, insulting their elders, and degrading the troops... More
Answered By: Country Girl 09 - 9/22/2008
One major difference is that the War in Iraq is being fought with an all-volunteer military, as opposed to the almost all-conscript military of Vietnam. The draft of young men for Vietnam helped to solidify the opposition movement to the war, and spread the opposition across the lower and middle classes. Most... More
Answered By: Chances68 - 9/22/2008
There is an probably will always be an Anti Military side of the US. Even during the Revolutionary war, The Civil war and WW1 and 2 there were those who didn't nt like the military and simply didn't want anything to do with them... More
Answered By: wcsteel - 9/22/2008
Well, in 1969 the American people were against the Vietnam war. Fast forward to the year 2008. The American people are against the Iraq war. However, the troops are treated better now. Back in 1969 the USA military were hated by the American people but "NO One" got spit upon. No one. We just got hard looks and mean... More
Answered By: ERUDITE - 9/22/2008
You are right, they were treated like garbage by Americans! And have been until Iraq... More
Answered By: cantcu - 9/22/2008
You could be right. when i returned from Vietnam no one really noticed or cared, so many people protested about the war, but then when it ended, they just forgot about the war, and the people who fought
Answered By: psychedelic - 9/23/2008
The Vietnam War had the draft and that made a huge difference because far more Americans were directly affected. Many low income and middle class families had to face the fact that their sons were going to get drafted and sent to Vietnam. This created a broad base of resentment that resonated at many levels of... More
Answered By: LA Triguy - 9/23/2008
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