Friday, April 27, 2007

A failure in generalship

A very interesting article written by Army Lt. Col. Paul Yingling. Pretty long, but I found it very interesting and informative if you like that kind of military stuff.

â– ARMY LT. COL. PAUL YINGLING is deputy commander, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. He has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago. The views expressed here are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of the Army or the Defense Department.


Blogger Dave said...

I don't think Lt. Col. Yingling is right. Our failure, in Vietnam or Iraq, whatever is meant by using the word failure, or victory, is not due to Generals in the military.

Our politicians in the sixties and seventies and now, decided to involve themselves in a situation that for the most part, had a guaranteed no win outcome.

Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Bush the Elder and now GWB didn't pay attention to what the military was saying.

At a high cost in integrity, lives lost and money we could have "won" in Vietnam. We, at the same cost can "win" in Iraq.

The definition of winning back in the seventies and now isn't worth the cost.

Were we to spend the capital to "win" the result, after having spent it would be the people there doing the same thing then that they are doing now. The difference, were we to put our military on planes pointed home today, would be that our military wouldn't die to accomplish nothing, other than a politician's vow to "win" or "not cut and run" after having charged ahead without a real idea of what he was charging into.

Sorry to vent; but, I just recently came to these conclusions after a couple of years of hoping for the not to be found best.

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