Forgetting The Old Wisdom

Actually the old military wisdom was don’t get involved in a land war in Asia at all.  The experiences of Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon were not sufficient to prevent Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, etc. etc.

“For years up to 1964 the chiefs of the armed services, of whom the author was then one, deemed it unnecessary and unwise for U.S. forces to become involved in any ground war in Southeast Asia . In 1964 there were changes in the composition of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in a matter of a few months the Johnson Administration, encouraged by the aggressive military, hastened into what has become the quagmire of Vietnam .”

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