Intensified Bombing for Victory in Afghanistan, by Brian Cloughley

Nobody bombs better than the US, but that hasn’t guaranteed US military victories. From Brian Cloughley at antiwar.com:

The TV series, The Vietnam War, is absolutely riveting. The ten discs in the DVD set provide over 17 hours of viewing, and there is hardly a moment wasted. It is evenhanded to the most admirable degree, and presents the points of view of war-supporters in the US and Vietnam as well as doubters, protesters and those who now bitterly regret the years of hellish slaughter. (To declare an interest: I served there in the Australian army in 1970-71 although, as a staff officer, did not see combat.) The producers and presenters of this masterpiece are to be congratulated, as are the US Public Broadcasting Service and those who contributed the 30 million dollars it took to make it.

Being balanced and admirably impartial, there is no leitmotif as such, no recurrent theme that might guide us to move to a particular stand, because, in the words of one reviewer, it “carries with it a sense of trustworthiness; of a project undertaken with humility, but without an agenda beyond the truth.”

Yet there is one particular feature of the war that does recur: the bombing. The ceaseless, pounding, massively destructive, relentlessly thundering bombing, rocketing and napalming in north and south Vietnam – and also in bordering Laos and Cambodia.

In Laos alone the US flew 580,344 bombing missions, dropping 2.5 million tons of munitions, or seven bombs for every man, woman and child in the country, “a planeload of bombs being unloaded every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years.” When President Obama visited Laos in 2016 he acknowledged it as the most heavily bombed nation in history and accepted that “the United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heal.” I doubt that Mr. Trump will endorse such sentiments about Laos or any other country.

To continue reading: Intensified Bombing for Victory in Afghanistan

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One response to “Intensified Bombing for Victory in Afghanistan, by Brian Cloughley

  1. Well the series was so even handed that the vets who have seen it compare its honesty to Hanoi Jane. So a site like anti war tells us something is objective even the Stalinists among us realize a Soros stooge is trying to earn his pay.

    By the way if you drop ten thousand tons in an isolated jungle did you really drop ten thousand tons of bombs? I wonder what would have happened if one half of the bombs had hit populated centers.

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