How We Got Here

I recently wrote a post about the US record of failures in conducting war…..(read for background)………

Source: A Staggering Record Of Failure – In Saner Thought

Of course I got the usual stuff from those that think we have won everything we have ever attempted……

After I wrote that post I read something in the American Conservative that would have fit nicely in the original post…..I include the article here as further background (for those that are interested that is)……

The United States has already lost—its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at combat soldiering in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that couldn’t be clearer to me. Unfortunately, it’s evidently still not clear in Washington. Bush’s neo-imperial triumphalism failed. Obama’s quiet shift to drones, Special Forces, and clandestine executive actions didn’t turn the tide either. For all President Trump’s bluster, boasting, and threats, rest assured that, at best, he’ll barely move the needle and, at worst… but why even go there?

At this point, it’s at least reasonable to look back and ask yet again: Why the failure? Explanations abound, of course. Perhaps Americans were simply never tough enough and still need to take off the kid gloves. Maybe there just weren’t ever enough troops. (Bring back the draft!) Maybe all those hundreds of thousands of bombs and missiles just came up short. (So how about lots more of them, maybe even a nuke?)

Source: How We Got Here | The American Conservative

This whole “realistic theory” of international relations needs to be re-thought…..as it is the practice is doing little other than making the M-IC extremely wealthy and influential….and it does not solve any situations that we are now facing across the planet…..they only get worse as mistakes are applied.

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2 thoughts on “How We Got Here

  1. The game has changed too much in modern war. None of the old rules apply anymore. The whole idea of what constitutes ‘winning’ has to be re-written.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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