There is something about putting an inspiring leader in charge of an operation and a disaster
General Norman Schwartzkopf
I am using General Schwartzkopf as an example of an inspiring leader, he was "My General" when we went to war in the Gulf and he was adamant that we would not make the mistakes that we made in Vietnam. he was a veteran of that war and swore that we would not make the same mistakes again, his attitude was that "we are entrusted with the Sons and Daughters of America and we will not squander them, we also have the prestige of the United States of America on the Line." We were fighting the "Vietnam Syndrome", it was a buzzword that was bandied about whenever Military action was mentioned, usually by the left, I heard the word a lot. One of the changes was, they went away from the "individual replacement policy" so there was no more *FNG*'s, you were there for the duration. You went to war with your unit, your unit went in, and your unit would leave, we had gone to the Regimental system trying to bring stability to the system so there wasn't so much "churn", Also there were no " kill zones" where each service had their own area of responsibility, that went away, everything was shared, nothing was split. If a Marine unit called for assistance, it wasn't Marine air that answered, it was Army air kinda thing. and vice versa. What ever was available was on call to the FAC's. We went in to win, no graduated response. total "Shock and Awe". Saddam Hussain expected his battle tested army to win because they have been fighting Iran for 8 years, but we were on another level, and he couldn't defend against the combined arms.
*Fucking New Guys* The new guy in a unit, the life expectancy of a newbie was really bad, if he happen to survive the first 2 weeks and glom in with a couple of veteran soldiers, he had a chance to survive his 1 year in Vietnam and rotate home, this was the crime of the rotation system. Something that was changed by the "Regimental System" instituted in the 1980's to prevent such things of a new guy being alone and and going to war and possibly dying alone without knowing his buddies.
Publius Quintilius Varus
King Edward II
One of the least capable monarchs to sit on the throne of England, Edward II was a weak and indecisive leader. Unable to keep his nobles in line, he invaded Scotland without the backing of the influential, Thomas of Lancaster, his cousin. At Bannockburn, his subordinates squabbled over leadership roles before assaulting the Scots on the ground of his enemy’s choosing. The English, who had been so strong a generation before, were utterly routed.