|By David Gu (fw.cns.gov - 188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 8:09 am: Edit Post|
If troops are welcome, then why is Iraq such a difficult situation? I know that when one Marine unit arrived there they shipped out their fighting vehicles after the fighting, and attempted to make friends, but that is no longer the "school of thought" for the military in General. Remember the President Elects rejection of nation-building during the debates.
After WWII when the US occupation forces in Japan fell in love with the people and that love was returned. But, the Green Beret that was Kennedy's answer to nation building, intended as a military PCV, has reverted to being just a killer with the sole purpose of holding land so that no one else can.
Maybe it speaks to the fact that relations with the rest of the world must follow the dictum that war is diplomacy by other means. And, it is a mean concept since our credibility goes in the dumpster when we act unilaterally and fail to plan for winning the peace in whatever conflict we undertake.