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Vietnam Plus-50

deprogramming services Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 11:13 AM
Two and a half millennia ago in the classic book "The Art of War" Sun Tzu told us that war should not be fought in a half-assed manner: you should either fight a war or not fight a war; just kind of fighting a war is never a good idea. Our leaders ignored that advice and got a lot of good men killed for questionable gain. And Viet Nam wasn't the only time they did it.
scott s. Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 8:05 PM
OK but almost 200 years ago in the classic book "Vom Kriege" Clausewitz told us "The political object, as the original motive of the War, will be the standard for determining both the aim of the military force and also the amount of effort to be made".
Michael1364 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 12:31 PM
Peter906 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 12:44 PM
We seem to have ignored Sun Tzu in Iraq, where we decided to fight with half the troops recommended by the generals; but not in Libya or Syria, where we have not yet gotten involved much in the potential quagmires and problems there.

HANOI, Vietnam -- It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country's unification under Communism.

Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.

A local TV program reminds a visitor of Chinese propaganda "operas" circa 1970. Performers, some wearing military garb with a backdrop of missiles and an American B-52 bomber going down in flames, commemorate the 1972 Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong ordered by President Richard Nixon. Banners and posters in...