The enemy leader, or heroic commander, named according to your viewpoint, held his helmet upside down, and placed his fist inside, saying “This is where the enemy is,” then withdrew his fist and smilingly ran his finger right around the lid of that helmet as he continued, “and this is where we are!”
I write of the battle which ended French hopes of an Asian empire, of the battle which should have taught America a brutal lesson in ‘Realpolitik’, where the VietMinh taught the French the same lesson as was learned at Gettysburg. That lesson was, ‘choose your ground for the battle, and let your enemy connive at his own suicide’.
France always thought of French Indo-China as just another overseas Department, filled with friendly but naturally-subservient locals, and so when the uprising by the Communist VietMinh began, it was ignored as being just a few locals making a noise. They were wrong! The French defeat, which ended when Dien Bien Phu was finally overrun, with the living treasure of France bleeding, injured or dead, should have told future military planners that a country filled with fervent believers in a cause, not a religion, should be either massacred to a man, or left to go its own way.
Similarly, but in a modern mode, when the people who are fighting you are welded together by a religion, and where the military planners still believe they can influence people who command others to literally blow themselves apart in their ‘jihadi’ cause, is it any wonder that instances such as this withdrawal are taking place in a country which is still being ‘rescued’ by American, British and other NATO forces?