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Lessons Not Learned From Vietnam

Dave M Wrote: May 01, 2012 12:39 AM
Um- you didn't really identify any lessons.-because you din't demonstrate in the least how to APPLY them. What exactly were we to do after 9/11. Turn the other cheek? What exactly were we to do in Iraq. Continue ad infinitum with a ban or air traffic. Continue sanctions that did -what? Wait until Hussein DID acquire nukes then turn around and blame whichever administration was in power when it happened? If we are unwilling to use force to defend ourselves or protect our interests we will eventually be supplanted by those who are.

After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.” Many were tactical or technical, such as the operational effectiveness of precision-guided munitions and the continuing need for guns on jet fighters. At the strategic level, one pundit recommended that the United States never again fight in a former French colony located on the other side of the world with borders contiguous to enemy sources of supply governed by an ally of dubious political legitimacy. After the fall of Saigon 37 years ago, the United States embarked on another unsatisfying war, the result seeming eerily...