Bush In Hanoi??!!
Do you hear that old Vietnam refrain?
1968: Gen. Earle "Bus" Wheeler asked for 200,000 more troops without any guarantee that they could find the light at the end of the tunnel. Lyndon Johnson finally said "no" and in effect resigned from the presidency.
1983: Remember what Ronald Reagan did when suicide bombers blew up a Marine barracks in Lebanon? He promptly removed the Marines and took full responsibility for the disaster. That's what a buck-stopping CIC does he has produced a fiasco. They don't worry about American credibility or honor. They don't talk about sending in more troops.
When I was in ROTC decades ago, I learned that the responsibilities of command are:
- Accomplish the mission
- Care for the troops under your command
- When and if the mission is deemed no longer attainable, force preservation becomes the primary concern of command.
More Americans should not be put at risk so that their leaders can try one last foolish attempt to save face.