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America at war: a record of unparalleled failure

22nd MEU CO addresses his Marines, SailorsIn fifty years of nearly nonstop American warfare, we’ve learned little and achieved less, says Tom Engelheart in the Nation. The US has been involved in wars almost non-stop around the globe for over 50 years since the start of the Vietnam war – “major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts and covert actions.

He goes on the draw 5 key lessons from these conflicts, though he adds that none are acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in the US:

1. No matter how you define American-style war or its goals, it doesn’t work. Ever.

2. No matter how you pose the problems of our world, it doesn’t solve them. Never.

3. No matter how often you cite the use of military force to “stabilize” or “protect” or “liberate” countries or regions, it is a destabilizing force.

4. No matter how regularly you praise the American way of war and its “warriors,” the US military is incapable of winning its wars.

5. No matter how often American presidents claim that the US military is “the finest fighting force in history,” the evidence is in: it isn’t.

Read the full article over at the Nation.

Image Credit: US Department of Defense with superimposed US flag

One Comment

  1. Robert says:

    For America read CIA and of course the other more secret groups who have their own agenda.
    We all know the CIAS has an agenda beyond that of the government so it’s not unexpected is it.

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