Motivation is the key to winning those wars we always lose
In 1969, hundreds of draftees in a packed auditorium were told that the South Vietnamese needed America to continue training Vietnamese soldiers until they could defeat their enemies even after we left.
When officers up front asked if there were any questions, a kid in the 17th row raised his hand. He was probably a naïve college brat who didn’t know the painful difference between Philosophy 101 and Basic Training.
The officer corps huddled and reluctantly told the kid to go ahead. This is the obvious question the kid asked:
Why does it take years to train Vietnamese boys to fight in their own war in their own country, when it takes only a few weeks for the Army to train us to fight in the same war, on the other side of the world?