Re: X-Post: MiWSR: Cyr on Bowden, "Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam"

I must disagree, the term "madman" is quite pejorative and does not belong in an objective discussion of a legitimate military tactic; especially when it can be construed as a personal criticism of President Nixon. I do not see any way to differentiate between the use of the atomic bombs to get Japan to finally surrender and the use of the Christmas bombing to get Hanoi back to Paris to sign the Accords. Both were uses of maximum force to impel the opponent to take a desired action.

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