The New York Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and most recently the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette look to 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, is continuing to draw national attention to the college with his analyses of history in The New York Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and most recently in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In Thursday’s (Jan. 18) Post-Gazette, Jerome L. Sherman’s article “Congress acted to rein in Nixon over Cambodia during Viet War” quoted Schmitz about the 1970 Cooper-Church Amendment, which limited President Nixon’s ability to escalate the Vietnam War:
“(Democratic Sen. Frank) Church’s strategy was to show they could limit presidential actions,” said history professor David F. Schmitz at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and the author of “ The Tet Offensive: Politics, War and Public Opinion.” “He would have liked withdrawal, but he knew it was politically infeasible.”
The article also noted:
The troop “surge” in Iraq could be creating the conditions for a similar showdown between the president and Congress. “There is this sense that, if the executive doesn’t start winding the war down, Congress is going to have to do it,” Dr. Schmitz said.
Schmitz is a nationally recognized scholar and author on U.S. history and foreign policy, including that of the Vietnam War. His book on the Tet Offensive 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: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/298453_iraq05.html
“David’s analysis of history and the visibility of his scholarship are two of the many reasons we are proud to have him serve as the Skotheim Chair here at Whitman,” said Whitman President George Bridges.