Oh, a buddy of mine turned me on to "The Fall of Saigon" (an account
by a French author/reporter whom I can't seem to find the name of
right now...sheesh)...that, along with seeing documentation that I
trusted about Tonkin, was quite the mental watershed. We had no
business being involved in a Civil War...
Ahh.. 2 of my least favorite folks...
McNamara took away or M-14's (real rifle) and gave us the Mattel M-16..
I know that the one's that my kid uses now are ok, but the early ones that we
"beta-tested" got a lot of folks killed.. real POS..
Met "Westy" a few times but wasn't allowed to tell him that he couldn't use WWII
tactics in Nam..
Loved Bradley's (supposed) quote when he was asked if he would continue
Westmorelands's "hearts and minds" strategy..
"It's been my experience that if you grab someone by the balls, their hearts and
Never been able to prove or disprove that quote, but ya gotta love it..
Please remove splinters before emailing
Hey, McNamara was no fool. Do you think that he _wanted_ any Army that
he was in charge of to have rifles that had a hope of putting a hole
That is a good one. And I've been of the opinion for a while that our
big mistake in Iraq was trying to win "hearts and minds" before first
making it abundantly clear to _everyone_ there that their asses had
been kicked. Although I'm not sure that Saddam was sane enough for be
able to understand that concept.
The problem with our stratigy in Iraq is that most people are still of
an anti-Vietnam mind set.
BTW: In my opinion McNamara should be set in front of the wall and be
subjected to a couple dozen marksmen.
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