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search-and-destroy

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  • Then, finally, after a lunch break, we pulled out our maps of the area north of Lai Khe in the Long Nguyen Secret Zone, and I started to say a few things about the Black Lions battalion and what they were doing on so-called search-and-destroy missions in the weeks leading up to the battle.

    Into the Story

  • Among surviving assets were a couple of young Cuban-exile pilots, both named Juan, who flew U.S. jets on search-and-destroy missions against the Simbas.

    Looking Back On the Spy Life

  • According to Andrew Bacevich, this is primarily due to revisionists insisting that Vietnam could have been won if General Westmoreland's heavy-handed search-and-destroy strategy was abandoned earlier on to concentrate instead on winning Vietnamese "hearts and minds" by protecting population centers in combination with nation-building and social engineering initiatives.

    Michael Hughes: Obama's Vietnam

  • However, when you cut through the political hyperbole, the GOP's search-and-destroy mission is serious business.

    Ethan Rome: Boehner's Real Death Panel Replaces Palin's Fake One

  • Embellishers have included Tim Johnson, the Toronto Blue Jays manager, who was fired after his stories of search-and-destroy missions in Vietnam collided with the reality that he never saw combat.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • So Westmoreland decided to use World War II tactics, employing massive firepower and sweeping search-and-destroy operations to impose crippling casualties on the enemy.

    Haste Makes ... Defeat

  • The campaign in the South -- including massive bombardment and search-and-destroy missions -- was the product of a conventional military that understood the war chiefly in terms of killing the enemy, not fighting an insurgency.

    Will there be an Afghanistan Syndrome?

  • Instead of expanding the war, Obama should have announced a vigorous international police effort coordinated by the CIA, FBI, and the intelligence agencies of our allies around the world, who would be using the most sophisticated surveillance and search-and-destroy technology and personnel to find the terrorists and bring them to justice.

    Andrew Kimbrell: How Obama Got Framed in Afghanistan

  • One weekend each month, as part of my ROTC commitment, I had to ship out on a destroyer escort in the Atlantic Ocean for submarine search-and-destroy exercises.

    Dancing with the Devil

  • For more than three decades after the battle, Clark Welch burned with hostile feelings about Colonel Allen and the flawed leadership decisions that sent the 2/28 Black Lions battalion into the jungle on the morning of October 17, 1967, on a search-and-destroy mission that ended up destroying them, with sixty men killed and an equal number wounded in an ambush that the U.S. government lied about and described as a victory.

    Into the Story

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