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    Re: Is Afghanistan comparable to Vietnam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Obama's hesitation to fish or cut bait has encouraged the Taliban to adopt new tactics to inflict major casualties on American men and women.
    Sounds interesting but is it true?
    Source plz?

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    Re: Is Afghanistan comparable to Vietnam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Obama's hesitation to fish or cut bait has encouraged the Taliban to adopt new tactics to inflict major casualties on American men and women.
    I don't think "tactics" is the word you are looking for. It's possible that the Taliban (who are masters at Information Operations) could potentially use Obama's hesitancy as some type of IO talking point or theme.

    But if you are referring to Kinetic tactics, I think you have a simple misunderstanding of the term. Ambushes are generally ambushes. The Taliban won't invent new tactical approaches to attacking NATO forces because of the action or inaction of the U.S. President.

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    Re: Is Afghanistan comparable to Vietnam?

    Quote Originally Posted by American first View Post
    All that was missing in Vietnam was the will to win. Hopefully we won't make the same mistake but I doubt it.
    This is incorrect; what was missing was a strategy to win that was being suppressed by politicians in Washington who were afraid to piss off the Chinese and potential start WWIII.

    The will was definitely there; our troops always won many times exhibiting stunning bravery against massive odds due to their superior training, tactics and equipment.

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    Re: Is Afghanistan comparable to Vietnam?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Why is Vietnam only a US failure, we were only the last ones to fight there but there were many before. I think all wars can be compared from a military perspective. You plan and impliment a strategy and it succeeds or fails. Politics is part of every war.
    Vietnam was not a US failure; we won the fight and secured an agreement with the Communists. Where we failed was allowing the Communists to break the agreement and not stand by the ally we promised we would stand by; we can blame a Democrat controlled congress for that.

    Ever since that Democrat failure, the example and template has been set for the likes of the thugs in Somalia and Osama Bin Laden; the world clearly understands the lack of will on the part of Western nationís fickle and spoiled citizens who have forgotten what the word "sacrifice" means.

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    Re: Is Afghanistan comparable to Vietnam?

    Quote Originally Posted by kansaswhig View Post
    I don't think "tactics" is the word you are looking for. It's possible that the Taliban (who are masters at Information Operations) could potentially use Obama's hesitancy as some type of IO talking point or theme.

    But if you are referring to Kinetic tactics, I think you have a simple misunderstanding of the term. Ambushes are generally ambushes. The Taliban won't invent new tactical approaches to attacking NATO forces because of the action or inaction of the U.S. President.
    The tactic is merely to have an effect on American public opinion with the assistance of the mainstream Liberal media.

    Once they see a leader, or lack thereof, who is showing an unwillingness to prosecute the war we started, it provides a window of opportunity to shape that opinion in favor of the terrorists.

    It is a very old and tried and true tactic that even with all the history, Americans are uninformed enough to fall for it and believe the BS spewed by a media who has already historically shown it is uninterested in INFORMING the public but rather desirous of shaping public opinion.

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