At dawn on 8 February 1904, the Japanese Fleet under Admiral Togo Heihachiro sailed into Port Arthur Russia, – leveled their guns, – and sunk the Russian Pacific Fleet at anchor.
It was a sneak attack without a declaration of war. In under two years they were the undisputed winner.
It taught them a bad lesson, – and in 1941 they tried it again.
The United States has made similar military blunders based on “winning wars”…
One of our biggest came after World War Two, – when we assumed we were suddenly the undisputed masters of the world, – and that our Atomic Bomb would insure world peace.
But in the several dozen guerrilla wars around the world which ensued, – our atomic bombs were useless.
Then the NorKs invaded South Korea, – and our once-mighty military had shrunken to a token constabulary force in Japan. We paid dearly, – and we’re STILL in Korea.
Truman and then Eisenhower pretty much ignored what was going on in French Indochina; – it wasn’t our fight. The French asked to borrow a few Atomic Bombs, – and Ike said “No!”.
The French lost and four new ‘nations’ were born….
And suddenly under young JFK, (a ‘war hero’ remember?) – we were involved. We had to halt the spread of Communism…..
Then LBJ chose to micro-manage every detail of the bombing, – with no intention of winning…..
LESSON: Picking a Vice President is JUST as important as picking the Commander-in-Chief.
Maybe we were suckered into the fight by the Russians – so we would be exhausted, – as they built up their military might…..
LESSON: Almost all of the fighting in WWII had been against conventional forces, – Italians, Germans, and Japs. The officers who rose to General and Admiral were good men, brave, and proven warriors.
But they didn’t think like guerrillas – and were dumbfounded time and again by Communist tactics, – and by the slowly eroding will of Americans to see the thing through to victory. The bungling of BOTH LBJ and Nixon actually aided the enemy, – and alienated an entire generation of young Americans….
…which is why you see so many COEXIST bumper stickers and why the aging 1960s hippies are so willing to accept Muslim ‘refugees’ – because their instinct is to surrender rather than risk a fight.
They refuse to see the evil.
Can you think of a US president who thought he could ‘declare Victory’ and withdraw our troops; – without accepting an unconditional surrender from the enemy…?
Can you think of a US president who announced our pull-out date; – EVEN as he was sending in additional troops….?
Can you think of a couple of US presidents who micro-managed campaigns – not to win, – but to inflict minimal casualties on the enemy, – and minimize US casualties…? How’d that work out…?
Do you know a US president who won a Nobel Peace Prize for ending a war? Which one?
Do you know that they don’t even teach the Russo-Japanese War in US schools anymore…? Do you know WHY?