By 1968, those 16,000 advisors had swelled to more than a half-million - 536,100 - U.S. troops in Vietnam.
And we know how that turned out.
I have wended my way through all this because I am wondering when the House and Senate - Republicans and Democrats - are going to demand that the President explain just what he expects to happen and how he expects to get there.
I get it that politically Obama must not be seen as involving the United States in yet another war - his Left Wing is already suspicious enough about his self-proclaimed Liberal creds - but at some point he has to begin acting like the sitting President of the United States, not like the Perpetual Candidate for President of the United States.
The United Nations, of which I am not the most ardent supporter, needs to be honest with itself and with the people of the world as to what its real goal is in Libya.
This hogwash about using military force to "protect civilians" isn't working. Either come clean and say they want Gaddaffi - maybe all the Gaddafis - dead and/or gone or withdraw Resolution 1973 and tell the Western European nations they are just going to have to absorb about 500,000 Black Muslim refugees from North Africa.
Absent any leadership from Obama or the UN this Kinetic Military Action in Libya is going to make Iraq look like a perfectly designed and executed strategy.