In the 1980s the goal was to defeat the Soviets by creating a quagmire for the Red Army like Vietnam was for America.
And the reasons for that suggest just how densely complicated the Mideast quagmire has become.
Bruce Riedel on the dangers of America getting dragged into a quagmire—and how regional states can help.
What's more, the reasons being given for this new commitment have a distinct air of quagmire about them.
Just wait a little longer and, when the time comes to begin complaining about the quagmire in Mali, they will still be to blame.
Si kept his gun on those in the quagmire, while Shorty attended to the others as they came back.
In coming up out of the quagmire she had got mud on her feet.
They crossed the street to avoid a quagmire, but the sound of revelry followed them.
Woe to the artist who falls into the quagmire of unbalanced intuition!
He had been fighting against an awful idea, and the quagmire of despair had risen to his throat at last.
1570s, "bog, marsh," from obsolete quag "bog, marsh" + mire (n.). Early spellings include quamyre (1550s), quabmire (1590s), quadmire (c.1600). Extended sense of "difficult situation, inescapable bad position" is recorded by 1766; but this seems to have been not in common use in much of 19c. (absent in "Century Dictionary," 1902), but revived in a narrower sense in reference to military invasions in American English, 1965, with reference to Vietnam (popularized in the book title "The Making of a Quagmire" by David Halberstam).