Yeah, it is fundamental. Well, ah, you know, let me just say in a few words what, ah, the difference between the doctrine of the offensive and the doctrine of the defensive. Ah, and I think it's ah, easiest to explain it by saying that ah, in ah, WWII the French had adopted the doctrine of the defensive.
They'd built the Maginot Line
and they were going to defeat any enemy that attacked, uh, simply uh, by letting the enemy expose uh, himself, and then uh, cutting him down with artillery fire, uh, with machine guns, or uh, at the last moment, with rifles.
Uh, the uh, United States, uh, Army, uh, you know, from the time of of you know, WWI and probably from uh, the time of the Indian Wars and the uh, Civil War, uh, you know, thought much more in terms of uh, you know, fire and movement, uh, and uh, winning uh, on the tactical level, uh, by, uh, always uh, moving ahead.
And even when you plan, uh, defense, uh, you plan it uh, in depth with movement of forces and movement of fire around, in other words there's a great deal of of movement and you know, and you're attempting to always take the battle to the enemy, uh, rather than vice versa.
So if we go now to the pacification effort in, in Vietnam, we're trying to uh, come up with forces that are providing a screen and are willing, uh, to to stay in dug in positions, even Maginot Line
like, uh, and let the enemy come and attrite the enemy as he tries to uh, attack you.
Well, I just saw at least in the way that I looked at things, that uh, US forces, uh, would not be good, uh, in that particular role. Now US forces would not of been good and proved not to be uh, you know, fully effective in in Vietnam, uh, in that, uh, you know, they uh, weren't, you know, able uh, to uh, live up to the or to deal with the environment uh, as well as, uh, the Viet Cong could.
And they couldn't uh, live on you know very short rations, they couldn't go for you know, very long periods in the hot jungles or the the rainy, uh, Delta as could the Viet Cong. And I had seen in the advisors that we had gotten over to work in the pacification program, uh, that many of them, you know, didn't even have the physical training uh, necessary uh, to cope with the particular situation.
Moreover, uh, you know, since this, uh, was not, you know, a declared war, uh, that we were going to, uh, use draftees, uh, we going to have a rotation policy, where people weren't going to stay a long time. We had already done that with the advisors, and just at the time an advisor, uh, got to understand the situation, uh, he rotated, uh, back to the United States.
And so I concluded I was just guessing I didn't know, that if we brought US forces over we would use the same rotation policy. And so how in the world uh, were these forces you know, going to learn uh, how to deal with this very unique situation and this very different group of people. Now...