New major air operations are today being applied in Iraq, in spite of the fact that the effect of all the bombing we did in Vietnam was embolden resistance and entrench hate.
What's the obvious flaw?
The flaw is the thinking that if we apply a lot of force, this give us an advantage. It seldom, if ever worked, against an indigenous population - with Vietnam being a prime example.
The truth is that war is not about force so much as about psychology, and those guys in Pentagon and in the military know this. Why the rest forget it, I can only guess, and what I guess is that the White House doesn't get it. They (the White House) and Rumsfeld think: We have more physical power than the bad guys, and this is what it takes to win. Plus, we have to show the American People we can win and are winning, since our poll numbers are tanking.
What was that? Yes, the other element is our psychology - the psychology we aren't willing to look at. The Administration is more worried about their numbers and how things look, then they are worried about a truly workable strategy. Directed in their thinking then toward their own un-admitted psychological needs, they ignore the lessons of history which clearly show that creating more mayhem and collateral damage within an indigenous population only increases their resistance.
As well, there is that little language thing, which we see when we watch Fox News, where we don't quite hear about ragheads (or gooks as they called them in Vietnam), but only about the bad guys. The "bad guys"? Who the %^&* are the bad guys here?
The Bush Administration - dumbest and super dumbest - buffoons all. They are, all too tragically, not only the gang that can't shoot straight, they are well on their way to being the worst enemies of the American People ever in our history.