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with the anniversary approaching we should expect some interesting articles, so let's start:

VDH: lessons.
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(02-18-2014, 09:55 AM)mv Wrote: with the anniversary approaching we should expect some interesting articles, so let's start:

VDH: lessons.

Some comments here:

Quote:We can still learn lots from World War I, if only in the sense of how to avoid disasters of this nature — especially given the present age of gathering war clouds not unlike those in 1914 and 1939.

I know he is writing an anniversary article about WWI, but nowhere in the article was mention of the most important lesson learned: Vietnam. When relating to the US, nothing relates as does the lessons from Vietnam. Nowhere can a country win every battle, yet lose the war, and so easily in the end. And as Dr. Hanson has stated often before, the Western way of waging war is the most destructive, yet conclusive. Its the afterward part that also counts.

We should be studying Vietnam every day, every week, and every year, because it states more about us than the rest of the world.

Quote:Given that reality, the U.S. should start quieting down and stepping up, rather than stepping back while sounding off — before others come to believe that their own wild fantasies are reality, and the harsh schoolmaster of war intercedes to correct everyone’s shared false perceptions.

The former makes logical sense. The later, not so much IMHO. It is not necessary to constantly carry a big stick, as our original Progressive president once stated. Just the knowledge that that big stick is always sitting inside the doorway, should be more than enough go give tyrants pause. If we are going to 'step up', we should be doing so economically, and leading via example.

That means getting our own house back in order,.....economically. And neither branch of that worthless party, will ever be willing, able, or intellectually cognizant enough to pull it off. Hence,............................, well, you know what I mean here. S5
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Vietnam was the beginning of media warfare. Not sure it is an apt example for WWI.

Remember general Giap has decided to surrender and sue for peace. The war was over. We had won.

...Then Walter Cronkite said the Tet invasion was successful - and the war started up again, with new rules and 42K US soldiers were later killed.
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(02-18-2014, 05:26 PM)WmLambert Wrote: Vietnam was the beginning of media warfare. Not sure it is an apt example for WWI.

Remember general Giap has decided to surrender and sue for peace. The war was over. We had won.

...Then Walter Cronkite said the Tet invasion was successful - and the war started up again, with new rules and 42K US soldiers were later killed.

So, after all the nuances and innuendos, we still lost,.........correct?
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(02-18-2014, 05:40 PM)John L Wrote: ...
So, after all the nuances and innuendos, we still lost,.........correct?

The point, of course, is that it didn't have to be. This was a pivotal moment in the change in how wars are fought. In WWI, the combatants fought to win on the battlefield. In Vietnam, the new paradigm was to be a victim and get your issues addressed off the battlefield.

I agree that Vietnam should be studied to understand how terrorists will show up wherever a CNN camera is available - and then run and hide. ...But this is new war - not really a lesson attributable to anything earlier.
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