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There are two philosophies of the word "win" in this application.
There is a military win - the U.S. has won militarily in every war so far except the Bay of pigs.
Then there is a Political win - the U.S. has lost every war since WWII due to politics.
one of the lessons is to leave your own force no opportunity to retreat, reasoning that a force who's only hope to escape death is victory will fight harder, so I would disagree with Swarzkop based on that point as well as the point that if you can put yourself in a position to lead enemy forces you've got a reasonable chance at victory.
Last edited by Sparta; 25th September 2015 at 07:30 AM.
Tactics? Hit hard and fast if you can. If you can't.. then use surprise or sheer tenacity. Ho Chi Mihn and Gen Giap.. prevailed by just never quitting. To France or the USA..there was a point where.. it was not WORTH it. Afghanistan? Deja Vu. It's home field advantage. Viet Nam? Iraq? Afghanistan? What are they WORTH? To us.... not a lot. To the locals? a lot more. TENACITY. We'd rather go home. They ARE home.
what tactics overcomes that factor?
My favorite stratigy was the one that Ceasar used in The Battle For The Planet of the Apes!!! Cool shit, man!
When the human atomic mutants attack Ape City, forcing Caesar to order the simion defenders to fall back, the mutant comander finds Caesar lying wounded amongst the apes on the ground. He taunts him, saying the apes would once again be humanity's slaves or die, and is about to shoot him....
Suddenly, Caesar shouts, "Get up, fight like apes!," and most of the fallen apes all around them, who were only feigning death (clearly on Caesar's orders) or hiding, launch a counter-attack that captures most of the mutants and drives the humans into retreat. Kolp and his remaining forces are killed by the apes and their mounted troops!!!!
Thats how you kill the enemey......you cheat!!!!