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"Holding our postion" never wins wars - against state, as well as non-state enemies

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Sep 16, 2008 at 15:16

Basic principles apply to both state as well as non-state enemies; all wars are won by offensive measure (a reason the "surge" in Iraq is succeeding). "Holding our position" won't cut it - the reason Germany rose again is because we didn't blitzkrieg them in WWI.

We need a Patton; we need the kind of America that existed during WWII.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDecLiA_Qbw

Patton was GOING AFTER the enemy - not giving them "incentives", nor "deals"; not trying to make the enemy "come around to our way of thinking".

The reason the U.S.A. is even in the position of fighting an "unconventional war" is because we have opened ourselves to it.

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