“We should use overwhelming force, kill the enemy and then we should get the heck out,” he said.... and The Donald:
On V-E Day, Eisenhower had sixty-one U.S. divisions, 1,622,000 men, in Germany, and a total force in Europe numbering 3,077,000.1 When the shooting ended, the divisions in the field became the occupation troops, charged with maintaining law and order and establishing the Allied military presence in the defeated nation. This was the army-type occupation. A counterpart of the military government carpet, its object was to control the population and stifle resistance by putting troops into every nook and cranny. [THE U.S. ARMY IN THE OCCUPATION OF GERMANY 1944-1946, by Earl F. Ziemke, CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY UNITED STATES ARMY, WASHINGTON, D. C., 1990]1.6 MILLION troops in the country, to maintain law and order. As I've said repeatedly, the object of war is to win the peace. Winning the peace means holding territory and controlling populations. Simply getting the heck out after demolishing every building, road, rail-line, power-plant, and oil well in sight will NOT win the peace! Again: I don't know what we ought do, but the GOP candidates's proposals don't sound all that great to me. An aside: I'm also not too fond of the idea to "Patrol and Secure" U.S. Muslim communities. ... sounds like a first step to rounding up all the Muslims and shipping them to camps. We've seen where that leads.