From the Boston Globe:

Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Senator Scott Brown are at odds over many of the domestic and economic issues that have dominated their special election campaign for US Senate. But they also have some sharp differences on international affairs, most notably the troop surge in Afghanistan.

On Afghanistan, their views of the role of the United States are, to some extent, informed by their experiences as college students.

When Coakley, 56, was at Williams College, the Vietnam War was still raging, and she draws a parallel to that conflict as a basis for her opposition to President Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

“We’ve been there for eight years and at great expense,’’ she said. “If we went in there to go after Al Qaeda and they’re not there any more, how do we justify sending more troops?’’

The analogy to Vietnam is not perfect, Coakley said, but she believes the similarities are hard to miss, saying that Afghanistan is a country that Americans do not understand, lacks a history of self-government, and is led by a corrupt regime.

I agree with Coakley that adding more US troops in Afghanistan is a mistake. But was the Vietnam War “still raging” while Coakley, class of 1976 1975, was at Williams? Sort of. But by Winter Study of her sophomore junior year:

On 15 January 1973, Nixon announced the suspension of offensive action against North Vietnam. The Paris Peace Accords on “Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam” were signed on 27 January 1973, officially ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. A cease-fire was declared across North and South Vietnam. U.S. POWs were released.

Any historians want to comment on whether “still raging” is a good description?

UPDATE: Class year fixed.

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