War used to be so simple.
When General Wesley Clark was a first-year cadet at West Point in 1962, he says he was required to memorize and recite, again and again, these words from General Douglas MacArthur: “There is one single message,” MacArthur said, “one sole idea, written in red on every beachhead from Australia to Tokyo: there is no substitute for victory.” That, of course, was before the lessons learned in Vietnam, the Gulf War, and Somalia: Win, but with no body bags, and get clearance from everyone up the chain of command, including the lawyers
General Clark learned these lessons himself as he led the first and only war NATO has fought, against Slobodan Milosevic in Kosovo.
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General Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Army (Retired), Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, NATO, 1997-2000.