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Editor:

Regarding Ken Tingley’s Jan. 21 column, “We didn’t learn anything …”

Sure we did.

With the rise in Islamic and other extremism, the nature of war has changed. In some instances, involvement in some manner could continue for a very long time.

If, for example, North Korea was to start a conflict, we would unfortunately be forced to annihilate their leadership and their military/intelligence apparatus. This must be quick and brutal with the smoking hole in the ground turned over to the U.N. to manage. Wars of this type can be avoided, on our part, with an extremely large and effective high tech military/intelligence capability. Something we do not have at the current time.

Countries and individuals should be wary to "poke" us in the eye knowing we will respond not in a manner equal to the "poke" but in a manner 100 times greater.

Contrary to all the stuff you hear, the Vietnam War was winnable, perhaps not Vietnam the country. Our illustrious leaders at the time worried more over their individual legacies than winning the war.

That part hasn't changed.

David Shakow, Lake Luzerne

 

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