It’s been a long time since the United States has won a war. Fred Reed, a Vietnam veteran and former military correspondent, wrote a good article earlier this week on why this is so.
There are a lot of reasons, but the basic one is that the U.S. government is not serious about war because American survival has not been at stake in any recent conflict. This may not always be true.
President George W. Bush, listening to the advice of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, launched invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq under the illusion that victory would be quick and relatively easy. By the end of his administration, he learned his lesson. He fired Rumsfeld, stopped listening to Cheney and began troop withdrawal from Iraq.
President Barack Obama did not quite have the nerve to completely wind down Bush’s interventions and be the one to have to admit defeat…
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