Why the US Loses Wars
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By Richard Lachmann
The United States, we are told, is the most powerful nation in world history, the sole superpower, winner of the Cold War, the “indispensable nation,”
a “hyperpower” that has achieved “full spectrum dominance” and “command of the commons” over all other military forces on Earth. Yet the US failed to achieve its objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan, was defeated outright in Vietnam, and since World War II won unambiguous victories only in the first Gulf War of 1991, a war with the strictly limited objective of expelling Iraq from Kuwait, and in various “police actions” against pathetically small and weak opponents.
How can we explain this dichotomy between unparalleled military advantage over all rival powers and a virtually unblemished record of military defeat since the end of the Cold War? And how has the strange mix of great military capacity and inability to utilize that power to attain military victories affected America’s ability to maintain geopolitical hegemony?
American military defeats in fact are the result of three factors.
December 26, 2018 at 11:20 AM #5135
December 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM #5138D503Participant
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There was no need to end conflict while the MIC is making
$Googles of money off the proles.
And even better, while the proles provide the fodder as well as the funds,
the president can now order troops anywhere on a whim without even
"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." - Asimov; "If you push something hard enough, it will fall over." - Fud's First Law of Opposition
December 26, 2018 at 2:58 PM #5175
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