An Examination of Linebacker II
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Much has been written about the reasons why the United States lost the Vietnam War, and much has been conflicting in nature, Even today, several ex-military who participated in the war are convinced it was not lost, and Linebacker II supports their claim. This paper uses a model for developing military strategy to examine Linebacker II since it may have been as positive as any event or campaign during the war. The Vietnam War destroyed two United States presidents, alienated the youth of the country, debased its currency and stunted the countrys will and ability to use military force to protect national interest to this day. Did we learn anything from the war and in particular Linebacker II or are we destined to repeat the first war the United States lost in modern times.
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