- · The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer look to David Schmitz for his study of the parallels between Iraq and Vietnam
WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- David Schmitz, who holds the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair in History at Whitman, has drawn national attention to the college with his analyses of history in The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Schmitz is a nationally recognized scholar and author on U.S. history and foreign policy, including that of the Vietnam War. His book, “The Tet Offensive: Politics, War and Public Opinion” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005), analyzes what many consider to be the defining moment in the Vietnam War.
Professor Schmitz was quoted in The New York Times on Saturday, Dec. 30, in a front page news analysis column about the execution of Saddam Hussein. The column by Jeff Zeleny, titled “For Bush, Joy of Capture Muted at the End,” said:
David Schmitz, a professor of history at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., who has written about the parallels between the Iraq and Vietnam wars, said the execution of Mr. Hussein may offer a brief reprieve to the Bush administration as it works to create a revised Iraq policy.
“I don’t think it will have a long-term impact on changing the public’s increasing disillusionment with the war,” Mr. Schmitz said. “If you looked at Vietnam, there were short-term bumps back up—rallying around the flag—but it never stopped the continual downward support for the war.”
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Friday, Jan. 5, ran Professor Schmitz’ guest editorial, “Report Sees Tet in Iraq,” which drew parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars. The entire editorial can be read at
“David’s analysis of history and the visibility of his scholarship only strengthen Whitman’s position of significance in American liberal arts education,” said Whitman president George Bridges.
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