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Interview with Vietnam Magazine - June 2017

cartoon-brm---june-2017.jpgWhen U.S. forces crushed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War, many of the top commanders had been young officers in Vietnam and applied what they had learned there—learned not to do. They included Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Norman Schwarzkopf, the top battlefield commander; and Barry  McCaffrey, a major general who commanded the 24th Infantry Division. McCaffrey led U.S. troops on a dramatic “left hook” sweep around Iraqi units to cut them off from their supplies and an escape route. It was a quick, decisive victory with limited casualties, the exact  opposite of Vietnam. McCaffrey did two tours in Vietnam as a captain—in 1964-65, advising South Vietnam’s airborne division, and in 1968-69, commanding  a 1st Cavalry Division  company. After the Gulf War,  McCaffrey served as a special assistant to Joint Chiefs Chairman Powell; the director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs; and the four-star commander of the U.S. Southern Command (Central and South America) from February 1994 to February 1996, when he left to become President Bill Clinton’s director of National Drug Control Policy. McCaffrey contrasted the Vietnam and Gulf wars in an interview with Vietnam magazine Editor Chuck Springston.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL INTERVIEW