In the lessons learned in Vietnam, for me is, is one: if we're going to get involved like we did in Korea and Vietnam, that we have to be totally committed to win the war. We can't fight a limited war. That's sad. That's just won't work. You have to be totally committed and you have to attack the enemy at his home base. I think that's a lesson we've learned.
We also tried to fight a war, in my opinion, of two infantry battalions forward and one in reserve and you were fighting a guerrilla, jungle type enemy and so we have to break down the units in my opinion and fight, in effect, like the enemy fights and I don't think we did that enough. And we tried to take over the war in Vietnam. When I was there, the, I went over there eight times during the war, and I could see in Saigon
that we'd taken over that city.
We were picking up the garbage. We were handling the police traffic. We were doing it all and the Vietnamese, the South Vietnamese just kind of, in effect, laid back and said, well let the Americans do it all. Therefore, we didn't instill in the South Vietnamese or they didn't have it, the will to win and no matter how long we'd of stayed there, not having that will to win by the South Vietnamese, I guess that would be the key issue that I would be concerned about.
Now in comparison with El Salvador
, I think that we have ah learned a lot from Vietnam that we can move forward into El Salvador
in that the will for El Salvador
to survive is up to the El Salvadorians, they have to do it.
We can not do it. So therefore, I see no reason to put thousands of Americans on the ground in El Salvador
. It didn't work in South Vietnam and it won't work in El Salvador
We ah can learn that in the training that we give the El Salvadorians, not to train the conventional type wars that we're used to, but break the battalions down into small units and teach them to fight like the enemy fights and that's the only way that we're going to help the El Salvadorians in that part of the world. I guess those troubled areas that I've mentioned from Vietnam then moving it to El Salvador
and in El Salvador