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Political pressure shouldn’t influence combat strategy once the main goal is delivered to the military imho.
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SP5 Michael Rathbun
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(Join to see) Certainly this is the case. However, when systems of civilian control of the military obtain, it is necessary for the civilian element to understand and clearly specify what the objectives are. This did not occur.

In WWII, you could clearly boil down the win/lose question in Europe by asking "Is there a US Army PX in Berlin?" If the answer is "No" then victory is not yet achieved.

In Viet-Nam, there was no such question -- under the provided definitions, we ourselves were not to "win", but only prevent the North from "winning". Victory for us being impossible under such a circumstance, victory was not achieved. All the North needed was patience (and a goodly supply of arms and equipment from other powers).

The book has a number of useful things to say about the folly of "taking counsel of your fears", which was one of the most prominent factors in US planning and strategic development.
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Lt Col John Christensen
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Simply put leave war fighting to the military, not pliticians, unless you think a politician can perform heart surgery on you.
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SP5 Michael Rathbun
SP5 Michael Rathbun
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As Carl von Clausewitz famously remarked, "War is the continuation of politics by other means."

The role of the military is to effect the Nation's political policy by "going places, killing people and destroying things in the Name of the People of the United States", as COL Summers also famously remarked. Give us a coherent, feasible military objective, and we will achieve it or die trying. But we aren't there to "resist aggression" or "send a message" or "build a nation".
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Lt Col John Christensen - precisely Sir
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Great book, good movie
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Maj William W. 'Bill' Price
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Good morning SGT (Join to see). Good to see your fonts today.
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Thank you Maj William W. 'Bill' Price! I am still on FMLA until I get another medical release. I got sick and was asked to go home; therefore, I have to start all over. A little time on my hands.
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Maj William W. 'Bill' Price
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Sorry to hear the cause for the extra time. See you around RP.
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SGT (Join to see) - my thoughts are with you and my prayers.
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(Join to see) - Thank you Cynthia! I am going to work tomorrow. I am tired of my recovery! :-)
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