Some military strategists long for the dumb decisions of LBJ and Obama in troop deployments

NY Times:

Strategy Undefined as U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan

Military experts say that in outsourcing decisions on troop levels to the Pentagon, President Trump has abdicated his duty to defend troop deployments.
The two presidents who did the most to lose wars are seen as shining examples by some.  Their bad decisions on troop deployment show the folly of allowing amateurs to make military decisions.

What presidents must do is help define the objective and then ask the military what they need to achieve that objective.

To force them to fight with restrictions on troop deployment and unrealistic rules of engagement is to unnecessarily endanger the troops put in harm's way.

It is also a recipe for failure.


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