“Just give us 30,000 more troops, and we can win the war.”
“The situation demands urgent attention and swift action.”
“We cannot allow democracy to fail.”
Where have we heard all this before?
It’s disheartening to those of us who grew up in the Vietnam era to see today’s politicians and military leaders mouth the same, empty phrases. They have learned nothing from Vietnam. Sure, there are differences. The world is diffrent. But the basics are much the same. We’re using 21st Century weaponry to try to a destroy a guerrilla insurgency that uses 16th, 17th and 18th Century tactics. We’re propping up a corrupt, ineffective and unpopular government, and relying on regional “allies” with governments just as corrupt, ineffective and unpopular.
It won’t work.