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  •  Rag-tag? (5+ / 0-)

    In all three of your examples of rag-tag men those rag-tag men had support from nation states giving them artillery, weapons, logistics, anti-aircraft weapons... They certainly were not the well-crafted military of the United States but they could hardly be called rag-tag.

    Are you trying to say that the VC ran the USA out of Vietnam because the VC were just a bunch of brave farmers with AK-47's and our military is just not able to defeat a populace armed with assault rifles?

    The problems with the wars you mention aren't so much with our military not being able to defeat enemies in battle, but the much more complicated aspects of foreign wars including diplomacy with other nations that have interests in the region, popular support of the "enemy" from the people of the area, our ability to finance extended operations overseas...

    Our military is very, very, good at killing people. Managing the aftermath is where we lack common sense and decency.

    [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

    by rabel on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:19:16 AM PDT

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    •  And also the fact that (2+ / 0-)
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      our troops didn't speak the language, didn't know the country, and were easy to spot.

      They were INVADERS to a lot of the population. And not ones that brought anything good either.

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