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Lessons and requirements needed to defeat the radical Islamic threat


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

As you know, the military is divided up into the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard services. As you might expect, each has its own perspective on warfare and how wars should be fought and won.

The services also have branches within each that compete for resources. The Army, Navy, and Air Force respectively also have branches within their services that often have major differences with each other in their views of winning wars. The Coast Guard and Marine Corps strategies are relatively more unified.

How many wars did we fight in Vietnam? Just the one? No, we actually fought two. The first war was the one fought by Big Army under General Westmoreland. That one didn’t go so well. The Pentagon papers are about that war.

The second war was the one fought with General Creighton Abrams in charge. This one was not fought by Big Army. We won that one. Well, we won it militarily but politicians threw the victory away.

What is the Big Army approach? That is the one designed to defeat the enemy’s military in major battles to conquer and control the enemy’s territory. It principally requires mechanized armor, artillery, and aviation capability along with a large numbers of infantry troops. In addition, it generally doesn’t require much if any support from indigenous people in the nation in which the battles occur. Or Special Operations either. Roll over the bad guys and victory is yours.

For roughly four years, that’s what the Westmoreland Big Army strategy was in Vietnam. And with 500,000 American troops, its success in fighting the hit and run tactics of the Viet Cong and North Vietnam? There were costly battles here and there but nothing decisive. Artillery batteries frequently lobbed shells in random directions on the countryside just hoping to hit something while our troops were being needlessly ambushed and killed while they were wandering around Vietnamese territory. The military was reduced to measuring its success with body count totals.

Meanwhile, Westmoreland almost completely ignored the South Vietnamese and its military. Moreover, he had little more than contempt for them. What scant equipment we did give them were cast-offs. Semi-automatic WWII rifles for example. These things weighed 14 pounds. Quite a lot for many Vietnamese soldiers who barely stood five tall and weighed a little over 100 pounds.

When South Vietnamese sold .....
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Lack of outrage

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Tommy G. Thorson On or about Thursday, December 3, 2015, a man in Colorado Springs, Colo. entered an abortion clinic and began killing people. We are appropriately saddened. If handled correctly, we may also be angered; perhaps even outraged. ..... 
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Oversight by private citizens: How important is it?

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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By Jeff Erding There is an axiom we all should remember: “Any problematic situation, not dealt with in a timely manner, will always get out of hand.” That statement is as universally true as any generalization can ever be. From little thing ..... 
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Thoughts about Christmas

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

According to the calendar, the day for being “Thankful” has come and gone and we are rapidly approaching the time for “Peace on Earth”! On November 13, I started off the holiday season by attending the premiere performance of “Little Wom ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Rainbows, unicorns and cotton candy

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Three years ago from today, on December 14, 2012, a lone gunman walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and murdered 20 children and six adult staff members. Before that horrific event in U.S. history, there were countless others. I d ..... 
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Keeping Houston County informed and involved

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Justin Zmyewski Commissioner District #2 Public participation, better decisions… Provided it is done well, public participation leads to better decisions and in my opinion, the Houston County Board of Commissioners should view public parti ..... 
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No milk today

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Eric M. Leitzen I’m sorry, folks. I know it’s the holiday season, and I know we all still have refrigerators stuffed full of turkey and gravy and, well, stuffing. I know that it’s that time to go out hunting for just that perfect gift fo ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Setting the table

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com The table has been set, and now it is time to host our guests of honor. I’m not referring to a holiday feast, as is common this time of year. I’m referring ..... 
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Admitting refugees, the right thing to do

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
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By Karen Reisner With the recent tragic ISIS attacks in Paris, it is understandable and reasonable that Americans fear that we too will be attacked by these extremists. It is most unfortunate that politicians have chosen to exploit the apprehension ..... 
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