Bilmes, of the Harvard Kennedy School, recently estimated that the total cost could be three to four times that much. This oft misunderstood, this oft misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man.
Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy, and the secure, while we create a hell for the poor.
This distance also means that we spend too much money on the military and we spend it stupidly, thereby shortchanging many of the functions that make the most difference to the welfare of the troops and their success in combat.
The treaty also called for nationwide elections for reunification to be held in It concluded that the army still did not know how to do low-intensity conflict because the strategic lesson from Vietnam was that intervention was to be avoided.
American aversion to counterinsurgency is deeply ingrained in the American way of warfare. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would never live on the same block in Detroit.