I'm not a vet, but if we aren't going to flatten the Taliban completely in an asymmetric war that strikes fear into the misshapen hearts of goat rapists everywhere, then we need to GTFO. The military exists to kill people and break things, not to turn a terrorist nation with an average IQ of 85 into a good citizen on the world stage. It just doesn't work.What are your feelings on this, veterans of the war in Afghanistan?
They fought the Russians to a standstill.Hill folks with old rifles and flip flops having no air force or navy fights a TRILLION dollar military to a stand still. No BUDS, no Ranger school, just OJT.
No, they didn't. Between "hearts and minds" and "kinder, gentler," we had troop strengths and rules of engagement that were more a suicide pact than a war. Had we declared war and flattened everyone who even gave Sharia law a knowing glance, we would have won. Had we stayed home and let them Allah each others' Ackbars, we would have won. But showing up and trying to reason with them was a mistake.Hill folks with old rifles and flip flops having no air force or navy fights a TRILLION dollar military to a stand still. No BUDS, no Ranger school, just OJT.
Vietnam was a different scenario entirely. Nuclear weapons had just been invented. For the first time in human history, total war (throwing everything we could at the enemy) was no longer an option. We were struggling to plumb the implications of that fact in a world where our Cold War enemies were roughly our peers. Our restraint wasnt the only factor; we needed not escalate the proxy war to the point where the Russians and Chinese did something monumentally stupid.They fought the Russians to a standstill.
And the British before them!
All using ancient bolt rifles and AK47s and IEDs (plus some weapons picked up along the way).
Hmmm! I seem to remember ANOTHER army like this! Only in the JUNGLES halfway around the world!
THEY fought the Dutch to a standstill.
Then the French.
Then the United States.
AGAIN, using old small arms and some other stuff picked up along the way plus homemade things (punji pits, swing stakes, and other "fun" things).
MAYBE the "advanced nations" need to STOP and LEARN a few things on how to fight an insurgent war!