posted on May, 27 2014 @ 11:13 AM
a reply to: crazyewok
The US political leaders have neither the brains or the guts to wage an honest war with all of it's warts and blemishes. They drag out all military
operations to enrich their cronies for putting them in office. Case in point is the several uniform changes since 9-11. It surely doesn't assist the
poor bastard in the field if the army dress uniforms from green to blue. An expensive change but doesn't do anything to shorten the war.
In Vietnam, we won 95% of the battles but lost the war. How did this happen you might ask? The politician namely Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon
used the military as a tool to convince the North Vietnamese to join the Paris Peace Talks with poor results. They would start and stop bombing and
ground offensives to push the communists to talk which only resulted in giving them time to rearm and re-enforce their troops. This made for more US
casualties and prolonging the war.
We never held ground we fought for! We would win it and pull back only to give it back to the enemy...this is and was stupid! We also had very
restrictive rules of engagement (ROE) where we could not pursue the enemy until he was eradicated. We couldn't pursue him across into Cambodia or
Laos which gave him a safe haven. We bombed North Vietnam but no ground troops were permitted to cross the DMZ. The NVA or Viet Cong observed no
rules that restricted their operations.
The civilian government in Vietnam was corrupt and ruled with a iron hand making them unpopular. The public disliked and distrusted them and the US
as well leaving only the communist. The communist treated the public more poorly than we did but they weren't the invaders. Our defeat was in
Washington, DC not in Vietnam!
Both Iraq and Afghanistan have corrupt governments. We were and are the invaders regardless of the reason for being there. We win 90% of the
engagements and have very restrictive ROE when fighting. We hold no ground after fighting for it. We do not pursue the enemy into his safe havens in
Pakistan. We generally don't have Afghan public support except when we buy it.
I have described a few tenets of fighting a counter-insurgency war. Was nothing learned in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan? I do not think that our
military leaders would intentionally throw their troops into situations where there's no chance of victory and no exit strategy. With that said, it
must be the politician enriching themselves.
edit on 27-5-2014 by buddah6 because: (no reason given)