Today we celebrate the American presidents and what better subject than the one that they must make the involves millions…both in dollars and in lives?
I know why don’t we talk about a subject that most Americans refuse to think about for any reason….WAR!
Why, with what we believe is the greatest military in the world, is the United States’ record in war and military interventions so failure-prone?
Then when was the last time we actually won a war?
Don’t hurt yourself…..1991….Desert Storm (not a win in the official sense but close enough for government work). Before that it was 1945….World War 2……
The official end of the Cold War came in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of the Russian Federation. Since then, remarkably, the United States has been at war or engaged in significant conflicts and military interventions in which tens of thousands of its soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen have been killed or wounded for over two-thirds of the intervening years. Iraq in 1991; Somalia in 1992-93; the global war on terror and Afghanistan 2001-present; Iraq 2003-present; and Syria and Yemen since 2016 represent a total of 19 of the past 26 years.
Using the end of World War II in 1945 at a starting point and including the Korean War (1950-53) and Vietnam Wars (from 1959 when the first Americans were killed to withdrawal in 1974), Americans have been in battle for 37 of the past 72 years or well over 50 percent. And the record has not been impressive. Korea was a draw. Vietnam was an ignominious defeat vividly portrayed by the poignant image of the last Huey helicopter lifting off the roof of an apartment building in Saigon.
WE continue to fail…..these wars that we engage in are more about the profits than the principle….this cycle will never end until the American people start caring about the waste of life and funds…..and that will not happen until the people learn the realism of war. And that cannot happen until they, the people, remove their heads from the sand.