Washington Times on April 6, 2016, reported that Senator John McCain is warning that the the U.S. fight against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria is becoming “another slow, grinding failure,” akin to the Vietnam War, Sen. John McCain…Excerpts below:.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman compared the White House’s current strategy in the Middle East to the “failed policy of gradual escalation,” in the Vietnam War.
“My conversations with military commanders both on the ground and in the Pentagon have led me to the disturbing, yet unavoidable conclusion that they have been reduced from considering what it will take to win to what they will be allowed to do by this administration,” he wrote, Military Times reported.
“And it will be the men and women serving in our military and our national security that will pay the price. This is unacceptable.”
Mr. McCain, a former Naval pilot who survived over five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, demanded answers from the Pentagon on a host of issues related to the ongoing fight…
Comment: It is important that the failing policy of the Obama administration in the war on extremist Islamic terrorism is under scrutiny. The US failure in Vietnam can be blamed on Democrats in the White House. They did not understand how to fight the war properly. Research has shown that Viet Cong in South Vietnam was organized and controlled by North Vietnam. The regime in Hanoi was in turn supported by the Soviet Union. The flow of arms to North Vietnam was not stopped by American naval and air power. Leftists in the US Congress in the beginning of the 1970s refused support to South Vietnam. The American administration did not forcefully enough counter the world wide propaganda by Moscow and its allies in support of Hanoi and its revolutionary forces in South Vietnam. Communism was victorious in the international propaganda war and in what in the final years up to 1975 was a conventional ground war. Both in wars against communist terrorist terrorists and extremist Islamic terrorists the enemy can only be defeated by using all elements of warfare. Air power, naval power, boots on the ground and tactically as well as strategically well organized political war involving all kinds of media are all essential.