March 05, 2003

Vietnam Syndrome, RIP Colin Powell

Vietnam Syndrome, RIP

Colin Powell and other older policymakers certainly well remember the horrors of Vietnam, but the younger troops don't and are increasingly gung-ho.

"The doubts that gnawed at commanders and seeped down to soldiers of the post-Vietnam era until the overwhelming success of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 have long since vanished. "We have the mindset that this is going to be another Gulf War," said Marine Cpl. Geoff Berry, 21, who was a 9-year-old watching television when a U.S.-led coalition drove President Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait. "It's a different mission, but the same area, same climate, same conditions and same enemy, though they'll probably fight harder this time." Warming to the subject, Berry added: "Marines have always been cocky. . . . But with all the recent stuff, like Afghanistan and places without a lot of casualties, we're even more so now. Our unit has a lot of young guys, some just a few days out of infantry school when they came in. They're confident, hard-chargers." Some veteran soldiers express fear that the confidence may turn out to be overconfidence, that the war this time could prove more difficult."

Posted by Gregory at March 5, 2003 09:04 AM
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