By John P. Murtha
In 1974, John P. 'Jack' Murtha turned the 1st Vietnam strive against veteran elected to Congress. within the approximately 3 many years on account that then, Congressman Murtha has been in detail concerned with governmental judgements approximately America's nationwide safeguard and overseas coverage, including his designated viewpoint to overseas affairs whereas faithfully representing Pennsylvania's 12th district. From Vietnam to Sep 11 combines own memoir with considerate research to supply a behind-the-scenes account of the formation and behavior of U.S. international coverage within the final quarter-century. while, it tells the tale of a guy devoted to provider and group.
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8 I eventually learned that not only was Secretary Weinberger opposed to the deployment, but so were the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Barrow. He was the commanding officer of the service responsible for the ground deployment and a holder of the Army’s Distinguished Service Cross, as well as the Navy Cross. Despite the Defense Department’s opposition, the National Security Council and the State Department had continued to push for the deployment of our troops to Lebanon, and their position prevailed.
The vice president was calling from Texas to tell me that my version of events on that fatal day was correct. S. troops are deployed for combat, the goals should be clear, the mission understandable, tactics developed and refined, battle plans executed effectively, and the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines know precisely their specific role. Since the early 1980s, however, our troops have at times been deployed in places (Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, no-fly zones over northern and southern Iraq) and missions (drug interdiction) in which combat is not the primary purpose.
Because of ongoing battles near the airport, the pilot had to keep at a very high altitude until we reached the airfield, then descend in tight circles. S. ambassador, John Gunther Dean. We learned later that shortly after we left the airport, four or five rockets struck the field. The situation in Cambodia was ominous. From Ambassador Dean we learned that overland supply routes to the Cambodian troops were cut off and the only means to supply them was by air. The government troops in the Phnom Penh region were down to five days of ammunition for some of their weapons.
From Vietnam to 9 11: On the Front Lines of National Security by John P. Murtha