I browse and occasionally post over at rifle-company.com, where I once saw someone describe Somalia as Clinton’s Bay of Pigs.
It isn’t. It is his Vietnam, as a microcosm. In Vietnam, we did well, had a few failures, and the politicians freaked and pulled us out. The country then collapsed, and the bad guys won.
In Somalia, we did somewhat well, despite the hamstringing limits of blue helmet control, had a failure, and the politicians freaked and pulled us out. The country then collapsed, to the extent that there was any structure left to it, and the bad guys moved in and won.
These two incidents show how the concept of “limited” war, implemented as a means of limiting casualties, undermine the military effort by restricting the good guys from completely overwhelming the bad guys.
Those who would argue that now that Zarkman is dead, we should pull out and abandon Iraq have not learned the lessons of Vietnam: that little by little, success comes here and there, but the individual littles lead to a big, sudden event. If we persist in the littles we will eventually have enough suddenlys that we can declare final victory. Today’s win is not the end, nor is it the beginning. It is the middle. We should not tire of being in the middle, but instead be glad that we are approaching the end.
We should now begin the search for a successor to George W. Bush who will continue his legacy of perseverance.
Fedora tip to Michelle for the head’s up a few days ago.