I may not always agree with you but you never cease to bring an intelligent argument to the table. I appreciate being informed by you. I also appreciate that you take the time to delve into the heart of an issue that bugs you until you can find the information you need to put the pieces together for yourself.<quoted text>I didn't experience a whole lot of animosity ... a couple of minor incidents in the first couple of years is all.
I certainly don't think of myself as a walking encyclopedia ... I'm just a guy interested enough in how the U.S. got it so wrong in Vietnam that I've read anything and everything I could get my hands on about it for the last thirty years.
As a matter of fact, I just finished a book by the general who served as the chief intelligence officer for General Westmoreland. I started it last summer, actually, but I got to a paragraph in the book where he attributed part of the reasons for our lack of success to the senior non-commissioned and junior officers (the 1st & 2nd Lieutenants and Captains).
The book kinda went flying across the room at that point, and I couldn't finish it until I cooled down.
Just look at the posts about Vietnam that have appeared here. You have one who is only interested in excoriating post-Kennedy Democratic presidents, another apologist for Kennedy, and one who only wishes to talk about the last of four Presidents to manage our involvement in that "damn little pissant country". In each of those posts there is a certain amount of truth - but not enough to form anything definitive.
It's really easy to read that document by the Kennedy Administration and think "gee, if he'd lived things would have been so different. Easy, that is, if you don't know that absolutely NONE of what he wanted to do was possible in that time frame, and that the team who advised Johnson was the same team advising Kennedy.
My son is a SSgt in the Marines. He has been in some dangerous places doing dangerous things. He is about to start his last year, his twelfth. Eight of those have been as an EOD tech. He is, once again, out of the country. I worry about him every day even though this time he has been in friendly countries working with their troops. If I had read that book I think I would have thrown it too.
How can a coach blame the quarterback for doing what he was told to do?
What was this General's reasoning and conclusion regarding the non coms and 2nd Lts?