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Your Views: Obama should heed lessons from past generals

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September 3, 2013

This message from a taxpayer is for President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

It is time to research past wars in which conflicts led to victory or armistice. They were not won by televising to the world your attack plan or what types of weapons were going to be used. At least this proposed attack date is not stated yet, as it seems a golf game was more important and a trip for another conference. Thank God.

You could learn from the tactics of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, commanding officer of allied forces during World War II that landed on Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944, to fight Hitler’s military forces. A very important part of the invasion was that Gen. Eisenhower did not alert Hitler that his forces were coming to kick his forces’ butt. (I am being nice).

In the Korean War from 1950-1953, the Chinese and North Korean forces pushed our forces and South Korean troops back over the 38th Parallel and had their backs to the ocean.

Gen. MacArthur, officer in charge, planned an encirclement move by landing U.S. Marines behind the enemy forces, cutting off their supplies. Again, MacArthur did not advertise his plans.

As for the Syria problem, remember that Russia is Syria’s leader buddy.

LARRY HAUSNER

Janesville

Marine sergeant, Korean War



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