<b>A familiar scenario</b>

EDITOR: I have seen this picture before.

First: Advisers hit the ground.

Second: A coup overthrowing Diem. Oh, excuse me, I think this time it is al-Maliki, or someone like that.

Three: Hit the rewind button.

Mr. and Mrs. North America and all the ships at sea: Get the body bags ready — your sons and daughters will be coming home sooner than expected.

Thank God the American foreign policy of perpetual war for perpetual peace is back on track.

JACK FAIRCHILD

Santa Rosa