posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 11:16 PM
Years ago I read a book "Battle Ready" by Tom Clancy where he interviewed General Zinni who was in the Vietnam war and became a general and part of
In this book Zinni applauded the South Vietnamese soldiers for their ability to collaborate with American Marines. They knew the territory (their own
backyard) better than the Americans and helped a lot in this regard. They were experienced in guerrilla warfare, fierce and brave fighters (which
must have helped alot yes), and they could jump right in with teams of American soldiers. They obviously brought areas of expertise to the table
which the Americans could not have had (especially knowing their own geography well, mobility/survival etc.)
Now look at Iraq. You never hear anything like this. The Iraqi security forces that American Military is trying to collaborate with and train. In
terms of being in their own backyard (their own cities), shouldn't there be things they bring to the table? Shouldn't they be training the
Americans in some respects? But you never hear any of this, and if it was happening, certainly the pro-war media would be all over any stories of
successful collaboration and strengths of the effort.
Unless they just want to make the Iraqi military look dumb and weak.. well maybe they are.
I'm just a little disgusted. I read a thread here at ATS that NASA doesn't know how to go to the moon anymore. And now it seems that our forces
and the Iraqis can't work well together and collaborate. So back around 1970, not only did we figure out how to go to the moon, we also figured out
how to work with the South Vietnamese forces. And now in 2008, we can't go to the moon and we can't collaborate with Iraqi forces... did we really
get that dumber? Sometimes I just think the American Government should have quit (looking for crusades and dragons to slay) while it was ahead, maybe
around the year 2000?