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Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« on: February 04, 2017, 08:38:07 »
Well written article that answered a lot of questions I had:

Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid

America cannot punish its elected officials for allowing its military, diplomatic corps, and intelligence services to take risks necessary to pursue its interests.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/dont-blame-trump-for-the-failed-raid-in-yemen/515496/?utm_source=twb

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Re: Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 11:00:38 »
What surprised me was the amount of cabinet level scrutiny and decision making on tactical level military operations.  Shades of Robert Macnamera and the Viet Nam war.

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Re: Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 11:40:16 »
What surprised me was the amount of cabinet level scrutiny and decision making on tactical level military operations.  Shades of Robert Macnamera and the Viet Nam war.

They didn't have satellite/UAV coverage giving all the higher-ups near real-time footage back then. 
Philip II of Macedon to Spartans (346 BC):  "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city."

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Re: Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 12:20:57 »
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Re: Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2017, 13:58:07 »
They didn't have satellite/UAV coverage giving all the higher-ups near real-time footage back then.

The lack of such technology didn't stop LBJ from putting a sand table model of Khe Sanh in the basement of the White House. Technology can certainly enable micromanagement, but isn't necessarily the cause.

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Re: Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2017, 14:56:39 »
The lack of such technology didn't stop LBJ from putting a sand table model of Khe Sanh in the basement of the White House.

If we had known that at the time we would have inscribed a big F U in our sand for him......
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Re: Don't Politicize the Failed Yemen Raid
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2017, 17:42:40 »
Not sure if this should go here or not but it looks like the US isn't the only one taking casualties in Yemen.  Getting pretty dangerous to sail in those waters:

BBC Story with video of the attack.

Arab News Story

General info on other attacks in this article