Halsey was about results, and his priorities were expressed in visceral terms: “Kill Japs! Kill Japs! Kill more Japs!” Later in the war he told a stateside audience, “The only good Jap is one that’s been dead six months.”
The Battle of Iwo Jima resulted in 25,707 deaths, according to the Navy Department Library. The battle caused the deaths of 6,800 American sailors and Marines, as well as the death of 18,917 Japanese soldiers. Americans also incurred an additional 19,200 casualties.
I want to understand white rage, and I’m white’, The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army General Mark Milley, June 23, 2021.
The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.
A private who loses his rifle gets in more trouble than a general who loses a war. Until that is true no longer, we will keep on losing wars.
The [Bush] administration built its case on Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi (the infamous “Curveball,” a man German intelligence had warned the CIA was unreliable) and Muhammad Harith, a former Iraqi intelligence officer whose information was dismissed by British intelligence as a fabrication 10 months before the war began.
“There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” Dick Cheney said.
...Washington has learned little or nothing from its past experiences: it is not well equipped or suited for fighting national insurgencies.