Vietnam Redux? US Sending More Advisors To Ukraine

The saying is that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. With that in mind, it is alarming that the U.S. plans to continue its military immersion into the Ukraine war by sending more advisors to Kyiv.

For years prior to all-out engagement in Vietnam, Washington flooded the wartorn Southeast Asian nation with such advisors. This escalated to the point where boots were on the ground, and tens of thousands of troops lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

While the merits of that conflict may be debated, there is little doubt that the vast majority of Americans do not want open war with Russia over Ukraine.

But with another $60 billion earmarked for Kyiv’s defense and more advisors on the way, that’s the clear direction into which the Biden administration is heading.

The new troops are not to be in a combat role but are assigned to support Ukrainian forces. Politico reported Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder assured those concerned that the mission to the Kyiv embassy is of a peaceful nature.

He explained, “throughout this conflict, the DOD has reviewed and adjusted our presence in-country, as security conditions have evolved. Currently, we are considering sending several additional advisors to augment the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the Embassy.”

Ryder continued by noting that the advisors will be embedded within the U.S. Embassy and provide assistance for “advisory and support missions (non-combat).”

Anonymous government sources told Politico that the additional personnel will bring support for logistics and oversight efforts for the massive amounts of armaments the U.S. is providing. With the new aid package barreling toward approval, they will be busy.

Part of their mission will be to maintain the weapons pouring into the country from the Pentagon.

Two U.S. officials told the outlet that the new additions could total as many as 60.

The number of military advisors, also in non-combat roles, sent to Vietnam under the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations started small as well. But as more time passed, their numbers swelled as U.S. involvement intensified.

Then reasons were found to directly engage with the North Vietnamese army, and American troops raced to Southeast Asia. The rest is history.