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Date Posted: Tue, February 08 2005, 14:39:49
Author: Larry Lusk
Author Host/IP: 66-214-61-187.vv-cres.charterpipeline.net / 66.214.61.187
Subject: Re: Some Feeble Answers
In reply to: Wayne Gregory 's message, "Re: Some Feeble Answers" on Mon, February 07 2005, 23:42:29

Not so touchy Wayne. I only commented on General Mattis's statement. He has a great record to date and from what I can tell has been one of the better leaders in our current war. But this war like Vietnam is not a war that we are trying to win, at least not in the conventional sense. In Nam when we heard about or ourselves shot at a civilian either on purpose or by accident we typically said, "well, we just made another VC convert". Any statement that might sway an Iraqi who is currently sitting on the fence trying to decide if he should trust us or not could become an enemy simply becaue of such a statement. If any one thing is going to cause us to fail in this endevor it is Arrogance. Is Gen. Mattis excussed for his statement if it in any way causes an American to be killed, just because he is a very good General? In WWII I would have followed General Patton anywhere but I don't think there can be any real dispute that he could have been far more effective if he had kept his mouth shut (even though this bad habit of his was used to good advantage in decoying the Germans). Generals are susposed to be smarter than their men and while I'm sure a few (of his men) shared his expressed feeling about killing it was a very dumb thing to say. Personally, while I killed my share of NVA I never thought it was fun. That's something that kids playing with an X-Box who don't know any better might say.

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