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Harry G. Summers: On Strategy (ePUB)

harry g summers

America went to war in Korea on June 27, 1950. Strategies for Future Conflicts New York, 1982 makes clear that the American approach in Vietnam was not in harmony with counterinsurgency theory. And you could make the case that this was probably correct, thatVietnam was never a threat to our national interests or to our survival --unlike the Soviet Union, which had the capacity to destroy us within minutes. Now if you make the point that the American people supported the war in Vietnamfor as long as they had supported the ground war in Europe, you get a littlebit different flavor on it. They are covered by the jacket flaps. His commitment to the nation and Army he serves is unstinting.

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Conversation with Harry G. Summers

harry g summers

Most surprising, perhaps, is the fundamental nature of many of the current disagreements over the war. Bookseller Completion Rate This reflects the percentage of orders the seller has received and filled. By the time it was relieved in the line by the 1st Cavalry Division on July 22, the 24th Division was down to 8,660 men, having started out with 16,000. Yellowing on inside covers and endpapers. A little more than a year later Harry was transferred to Japan, shortly before all of the remaining American ground forces were pulled out of Korea. Van Tien Dung, Our Great Spring Victory, trans. Bookseller: , Queensland, Australia Facts on File, May 1990.

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Conversation with Harry G. Summers

harry g summers

The debate over the war has made ordinary discourse about it very difficult. He was born in Covington, Ky. Oppenheimer Chair of Warfighting Strategy at the Marine Corps University, and the Chair of Military Affairs in 1994 and 1995. During and after the war, a number of people have argued against the limitations placed on the use of American forces in Vietnam, chiding civilian leaders for having taken counsel of their fears. Facing dedicated Communist guerrillas and cadres determined to overthrow them, the leaders of the non-Communist government in Saigon found themselves involved in a struggle for survival.

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Harry G. Summers Jr.

harry g summers

A different analytical framework would make such a shirking of responsibility much more difficult, and readers should be wary of any military or other insider whose seemingly objective scholarship fits so well with what many other members of the military or the government want to hear. Thrown against the oncoming divisions of the North Korean People's Army, with their superior T-34 tanks, the 24th was chewed to pieces, but it bought precious time for the buildup of American forces around Pusan. AndMacArthur carried that vision forward: total victory, total defeat. He was also a frequent speaker at colleges, lectures, and debates. Colonel Henry Gole, Summers' fellow Korea veteran and his colleague in later years at the War College, recalled that the thing Harry was always proudest of was his combat service as a teenage infantryman in Korea. At a certain point, you cross athreshold and you incapacitate yourself, basically, if you aren't playing thatgame, so to speak.

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Harry G. Summers

harry g summers

And when Viet Cong General Tran Van Tra, in his book Ending the Thirty Year War, attempted to claim some of the credit, he was put under house arrest and his publisher was executed. Gropman dismissed the well-based fears of American leaders and the high risks of his bombing strategy too lightly. Army Reserve, Zabecki served in Vietnam as an infantry rifleman, subsequently rising to the rank of sergeant first class before receiving a direct commission as a first lieutenant in 1975. May 6, 1932 — November 14, 1999 is best known as the author of the analysis of the titled, On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War 1982. Although Summers was correct to argue that pacification and the fight against the Viet Cong guerrillas were tasks that properly belonged to the South Vietnamese, the situation in the 1960s was such that the job could not be done without considerable help from the United States.

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On Strategy: The Vietnam War in Context

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Griffith New York, 1961 , 56 and 113; Mao Tse-Tung on Revolution and War, ed. But I am not convinced that the war was militarilyunwinnable. The best critique of the war I have read and a book every policy maker in Washington should absorb. He leveled the harshest possible criticism against the actions of Lieutenant William Calley at My Lai, and at the same time he had the highest praise for the courage and integrity of Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson that day. This was recommended by the Joint Chiefs, General Westmoreland, theSouth Vietnamese Joint General Staff, and Ambassador Bunker, but it fell ondeaf ears in Washington because that model was just unacceptable.

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Los Angeles Times

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During his 17-month tour in Vietnam, Summers was decorated with the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with V device for valor. For those actually fighting the war, Vietnam was as intense as any war in which American forces have ever been engaged. Unbeknown to me, my promotion orders to lieutenant colonel had come through. The Viet Cong did not achieve decisive results on their own. Harry was slated as the wrap-up speaker of the week-long seminar for prospective War College students. Carol Kennedy stage-managed one of the greatest surprises of my life. That the struggle in Vietnam was all-important, so important that wecould do nothing, that we were essentially immobilized by all the constraintscreated by the importance of the conflict.

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An Article from The Clausewitz Homepage

harry g summers

He always defended his positions with meticulously constructed logic and historical facts, often laced with an undercurrent of wry humor. Harry himself flew out on the last Marine helicopter to leave the roof of the American Embassy at 5:30 a. Any analysis that denies the important revolutionary dimension of the Vietnam conflict is misleading, leaving the American people, their leaders, and their military professionals inadequately prepared to deal with similar situations arising in the future. In the summer of 1995, Harry spoke at the final two-week, in-house session of that year's corresponding studies class. And when they turned against the war inthe fall of 1967, it wasn't because of the anti-war movement. But there really was no such comparison.

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Under development page

harry g summers

In a number of critiques of American strategy in Vietnam, one finds the statement that American objectives were not presented clearly. Light soiling and shelfwear to covers. You argue in your book that North Vietnam had a very different vision ofthe war. Following the conference I proceeded to read both his book and an article he had just published in The New Republic. Relying on the long-forgotten and ignored ideas of General Karl von Clausewitz and using the time-tested Principles of War for an analytical framework, Harry demonstrated that the cause of America's failure ultimately lay in a confused and incoherent national strategy that had no clear objective. From 1965 to 1973, 201 Army personnel and 77 Marines were court-martialed for serious crimes against Vietnamese civilians.


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