The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam.
On one occasion Mattis offered some water to a tired Marine passing his vehicle. The fact that West and Smith praise Mattis is a tribute to his leadership. These are two men who are not easily impressed. West was a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam where he commanded both a platoon and a company. He was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Reagan administration and is the author of several books, including the recent, well-received novel, The Pepperdogs. He commanded a company during the fight for Hue City during the Tet Offensive of He began the battle with men.
Thirty-four days later, only seven of his men had not been killed or wounded. He commanded a battalion during the Grenada operation and later a division. My daughter asked about his nickname. As well-trained and well-led as they were, things often went wrong. Leaders made mistakes, but they learned as they went. Rumors about Iraqi car bombers and deceptive surrenders spread quickly, adding to the anxieties of the young Marines who would pay the price for complacency or a lack or vigilance. As one might expect of two men who have led Marines in combat, West and Smith demonstrate a deep and abiding affection for the young Marines who fill the pages of this book.
West and Smith understand the bond that develops among men at war.
They experienced it. Those you lived with were those you fought with and who would keep you alive. The Marines faced some sharp fights on the road to Baghdad and more once they arrived.
The jihadis asked no quarter and the Marines gave them none. The Marines. Consequently the Marines shot them in the ditches and in the field. They threw grenades into the bulrushes and shot the fighters when they ran out. They threw grenades into the drainage pipes running under the road…A few of the foreign fighters surrendered, but most did not — they had come to Iraq to die, and die they would.
As one Marine put it, this was the perfect war.
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However the opinions on other wars like Central American countries are "flawed", not insightful, just based on assumptions based from the perspective of the book towards Vietnam. But fails to reinforce other causes, like American support of Corruption driven governments, and the lack of people support these actions embraces.
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Get this book and you'll have your answers July 23, - Published on Amazon. This book answers the main question people of my generation and before have asked, 'How did we loose Vietnam'? The answer I always though was, 'we weren't allowed to win'.. We lost because we didn't understand the people, we lost because we were imposing OUR way of thinking onto the people of Vietnam, we were going to make them buy things they didn't want or need.. We had so many chances to not get ourselves involved.. This book is a must read, after reading this book you will not only question how we go to war, but why are we going to war.
October 29, - Published on Amazon. The book is a detailed and thoroughly referenced discussion of the Vietnam War.
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It fleshes out the Ken Burns documentary of the war. February 12, - Published on Amazon. An enlightening read. Sets everything onto a different scope of reality. A must read.
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