The Google web and news hit numbers of the post referred to above were just updated. The revised results follow.
The most obvious results were, first, far from what were expected. Firing from the hip with a shotgun caught less interesting changes than hoped for. (It's been a couple days of too many expectations being trashed, yet again.) Over only two days hits were down significantly for all searches except for those limited to "vietnam" or its main cities plus "iraq" and "war" with or without "bush". Before, all were expected to rise.
But only the last three searches showed significant increases in hits, most significantly for news about "vietnam iraq war bush".
- Web: 204,000,000 for vietnam | saigon | hcmc | hanoi | hochiminh (down 10 million hits from 214 million at 2007.Aug.24.Fri.14h00, two days earlier.)
- Web: 149,000,000 for vietnam | saigon | hcmc | hanoi | hochiminh -iraq -war (down 5 million)
- Web: 29,100,000 for iraq-war (from 30.3 million, down 1.2 million)
- News: 23,552 for iraq-war (from 24,060, down 508)
- News: 25,190 for vietnam | saigon | hcmc | hanoi | hochiminh
- (from 26,219, down 1,029)
- News: 12,622 for vietnam | saigon | hcmc | hanoi | hochiminh -iraq -war (from 13,500, down 878)
- News: 6,450 for vietnam | saigon | hcmc | hanoi | hochiminh iraq war (from 6,111, up 339)
- News: 6,416 for vietnam iraq war (from 6034, up 382)
- News: 3,934 for vietnam iraq war bush (from 3,427, up 507)
Several other interpretations of the results come to mind already. But, hey, what's the point?
One valued spin-off from this whole deluded exercise was finding this unnerving, eye-opening of survey of military literature and philosophy in light of Bush's Vietnam-Iraq analogy:
Then again, it's got to be better (or less time-consuming at least) to live, learn and let some pasts be.