Airpower In Vietnam War Essay

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Over the past 70 years the “promise of airpower” to allows nations to wage war more quickly, more cheaply, and more humanely has not been fulfilled. Moreover, example of Vietnam War shows that there are many limitations for airpower and proper use of this power is extremely complicated to be effective like promised. Even more, winning series of battles and even overthrowing the enemy does not mean winning the war. Clausewitz wrote in his book “On War” that war is merely continuation of policy by other means. Therefore, airpower as one of the tools in politics’ hands shows its weakness in achieving the objectives in the War on Terrorism. Finally, leaders’ belief in airpower technology advantage creates temptation to use it as a quick remedy for problems. Hence, airpower by itself solves problems temporarily, which finally generates more costs and takes more time like in the Iraq Wars.
The cheapest, quickest, and most human solution is not making a war. Therefore, airpower use as an element of deterrence is a promise to prewar times. The history of Vietnam War
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Example of the Vietnam War shows internal and external limitations to use of airpower. Political problems, public opinion, local population, terrain, human management, even weather are limitations for airpower. The more complicated use of airpower is the less effective it is. The false “promise of airpower” made leaders believe in fast and quick waging the War on Terrorism. Airpower is a wrong tool for fighting insurgency and all effort taken by Airpower in that matter only created growth of insurgency tendency. Finally, airpower does not solves problems permanently. Airpower deterrence is not enough to enforce other nation’s leader to do our will. That is why; use of airpower without cooperation and joint forces is a lack of time and

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