: They looked to us for guidence, and tried to accomplish what we have in only a few, short years. The blame sits with us.
You mean 'we' were obliged to help? Sounding very communist there. That it was in our interest to help a people to liberty is true, that we are obliged as slave to master is wrong.
Incidently, the US had been bailing out the USSR with food for ages. That simply made communism in its autocractic guise last longer. Some help huh?
: And to address the 1 to 10 ratio, I don't think so. Any U.S. soldier sent to the Balkins knows that he might see action. And anyway, there are already marines there and most likly on their way.
The reason for the air war start is both political and practical. there werent enough troops there for the start of warfare.