WORLD WAR ll
At the end of World War ll, General George Patton warned about Russia, as did Winston Churchill. General Patton wanted to continue on and take all of Germany whereas President Franklin Roosevelt felt compelled to allow Russia part of Germany it being they were an ally of ours in the war and they lost a tremendous amount of soldiers. Before the war ended Patton started to recognize the danger of Russia to the West. Patton was advised to hold back and wait for the Russian army to occupy vast stretches of Germany, Czech, Rumanian, Hungarian and Yugoslav territory which the American Army could have easily have taken.
The more Patton saw of Russia the more he felt it was wise to stifle communism then, because he felt if we waited and allowed Russia a foothold, they would be to strong to be reckoned with later on. Patton’s advise was not followed; Russia was allowed into these countries and thus the start of the cold war, which did not end until all theses countries rebelled and the Berlin wall came down in 1989.
Communism had collapsed. If President Roosevelt and company in the White House had listened to General Patton, or at least hear him out, Russia would not have been allowed to occupy territories that we could easily have taken over, and there would never have been a forty-five year cold war with Russia.
One of the biggest questions in history is if President John Kennedy had lived would he have devoted so many American soldiers into Vietnam. Kennedy was overheard at one time saying that one of his biggest puzzlements was what to do about Vietnam. I believe Kennedy would have done one of two things. He might have decided not to get involved at all, or I feel that if he did enter our troops into Vietnam he would have gone for all out victory early, he would not have dragged it out. During the Vietnam war yellow belly President Lyndon Johnson sent 500 thousand American boys to fight there and he instructed what borders to cross or not cross, or the extent of the fighting to be done. His main obsession was always, “what is China going to do” if we do this and so on. President Richard Nixon whom the war fell into his lap after Johnson decided not to run for President again, the Vietnam war was his downfall; Nixon after realizing the Viet Cong were not serious about negotiating a peace finally got angry. Over our Christmas Holiday he bombed Hanoi for two straight weeks and minded Hanoi Harbor. Nixon’s enemies thought that he finally snapped, but the offensive worked, the Viet Cong held a truce and China did not do anything in regard to Johnson’s obsession that they would. Again, same old lesson applies with this war as with any other war and that is go all out to win early.
The Vietnam war was not lost by our troops but by our politicians. Congress cut off all funds for Vietnam; President Gerald Ford could not veto the bill because Congress had the two thirds majority to secure the vote. When the Viet Cong saw that all funding was stopped for Vietnam they went into South Vietnam and conquered the whole country and the American lives that were lost went in vain.
The year is 1991, and we have just successfully pushed Iraq out of Kuwait. President George HW Bush was under a lot of pressure to go into Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein. He did not pursue this idea because one of the conditions stressed by the United Nations for them to enter the war was to promise them that Kuwait would be as far as we would go.
I have always had mixed feelings of us invading Iraq. I understood that they broke all the United Nations Resolutions. When President Clinton was President he stressed the fact that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, as did Britain, France, the United Nations, Israel and others. We were talking so openly of going to war with Iraq that Hussein got rid of his weapons of mass destruction’s. I’m sure they are sitting right now in Syria.
After 9/11 we had the whole world on our side, there was no protest about us going into Afghanistan. I don’t think the timing of going into Iraq was good. I feel we needed more cards in our hand to go into Iraq, plus I felt we should have secured Afghanistan totally. Hussein would eventually make a fatal mistake against us that would enable us to go after him with world support. He was shooting missiles at our jets and of Britain’s in the free fly zone, and it would be just a matter of time when he would hit one, there is no telling what other mistake he would have done.
All that being said, once we entered the war we had to support the end game to final victory. It was easy going in, the problem is I am sure someone has wronged President Bush as far as the end game. I think that has come down to one person and that person was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Why did we not secure the borders to prevent terrorists from coming in from Syria and Iran. When President George HW Bush went into Kuwait, we had Armed Forces there of over 500,000. How can you have mop up operations of under 200,000 in any war? I had read an article during this time period where Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was advocating a lean machine of our Army and Marines for future wars. He was stressing the fact that we would not need massive manpower for future wars with all the precision and technology of our Air Force. That’s well and good if it has been tried and mastered but in the case of an invasion you still need a high quantity of troops to go in and sweep out any last resistance to the invasion and it must be done swiftly not to enable existing enemy troops to go underground and that is exactly what happened in Iraq. The rest is history, President George W Bush had to initiate a last minute surge to save the war that should have been no problem if the correct mop up operations was put in place by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.
You cannot pick and choose a war. If the United States is to commit troops the end game must be total victory with a speed that would be blinding to the enemy.