posted on October 15, 2009 10:28
It’s scary when Carter and I agree. But he’s right about Afghanistan (see his blog below).
President Obama can start earning that Nobel Prize by vetoing General McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more soldiers.
History teaches us to respect the courage of American military men and women. The supposed genius of generals – not so much.
Forty-plus years ago, a general named Westmoreland pressed LBJ for more troops in Vietnam. Vietnam turned into Big Muddy.
Afghanistan looks like Big Rocky.
The British and the Russians went down that road. See where it took them.
Thursday, October 15, 2009 7:32 PM
Forty-plus years ago, we didn't have the goal of WINNING in Vietnam, Gary. If we did, it would have been over in a matter of a few months. We were afraid of the Chinese. We were pulled back when we had targets we could take out. We were told not to cross specific longitudes, certain zones although we had the wherewithall to take those positions.
Vietnam became a "war of convenience" that saw that effort supporting the economy in America. It cost us tens of thousands of American soldiers.
I absolutely HATE it when I see people trying to make some kind of parallel between what we can do and need to do and should do in Afghanistan with America's involvement in Vietnam. It is apples and oranges. The two are decidedly different in scope.
Make sure you don't go to an American Legion or a VFW hall and say what you're saying here on this blog. You wouldn't like the response.
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