Will Y2k jeopardize the safety of our troops overseas?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
How come there's no discussions regarding the safety of our troops overseas in case of a major Y2k event. The logistics of distributing food, supplies, equipment, etc. to them is a massive undertaking requiring functioning computers in every sector of the military and the Defense Dept. Can their pronouncements of readiness really be trusted? Also, we hear constantly how foreign countries are far behind the USA in readiness. Do we really want our young men and women trapped in a god-forsaken place where the infrastructure is crumbling all around them. HOW STUPID CAN WE BE TO SIT BACK AND ALLOW THEM TO MARCH INTO A POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE?
-- saveamerica (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 07, 1999
If you are really interested in the answers to those questions, I highly recommend:
Dereliction of Duty : Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster
This book is an extraordinarily well documented reference that clearly illustrates the kind of personal arrogance and petty power games at the highest levels that promotes lie upon lie and that ultimately lead s to disasters such as the US involvement Vietnam. Written by a West Point graduate, this book offers many insights into current affairs including US 'gradual' involvement in Yugoslavia, effectiveness of bombing campaigns, manipulation of the media, secret actions vs. public pronouncements, etc.
This book is by far the best book I have ever read on the topic.
Every person who served in Viet Nam and every family that lost a loved one there needs to understand just exactly what kind of leadership they were following. To Johnson, McNamara, and the others at the core of this debacle, US service people were little more than poker chips. We owed our military service people a lot more then. And we still do now.
-- Arnie Rimmer (email@example.com), May 07, 1999.
As a fellow West Pointer, I cannot echo Arnie's book recommendation and comments loud enough!
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 07, 1999.
Johnson, McNamara ----- Clinton, Albright
-- are we (email@example.com), May 07, 1999.