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America Is In a State of Perpetual War

Updated on December 15, 2017

The Present

The recent death of a Navy Seal in a raid on a mountain hideout in Yemen is not the first death of a soldier thousands of miles from America. Harry Truman set the ball rolling when he intervened in Korea against China and the North Koreans. The battle was a stalemate. Truman was a realist and when his commanding general McArthur advocated the atomic bombing of China, he dismissed the general. After 3 years of fighting Truman threw in the towel and agreed to a cease-fire. Though the Korean war ended yet the cycle of wars just commenced. That was the beginning and the Americans got involved in conflicts thousands of miles from home. It's been a perpetual war

American wars

Looking at the map one can see that right from the Middle East to Vietnam and East Africa the US armed forces have been waging a covert or overt war for the last 6 decades. The results have not commiserated with the effort as they failed to win in Korea and lost decisively in Vietnam. The war in Afghanistan is not won and despite 2 victories in Iraq, the area is still not sanitized and thousands are getting killed.

Donald and War

The enemy getting killed is part of the game but when thousands of young Americans are killed, then the American role needs to be evaluated afresh. The advent of Donald Trump with an administration dominated by generals does not augur well for the future. Donald himself in a statement has asked for an increase in the defense budget. He is the view that the Americans have been losing wars all the time. He says that if you fight then you must win or not fight at all. This is his justification for a massive increase in the defense budget. Donald is right in his assessment of the American war effort, but by just increasing the budget is not a guarantee of victory. This is a simplistic solution and is not borne out by facts.

Mosul battle

An example is an ongoing battle of Mosul. Here is an Iraqi army with tanks and complete control of the air taking months to capture a city which is held by fighters without air cover and tanks. What does this mean? Consider that this Iraqi army has nearly 5000 advisors and special troops from the USA and the USAF has created as per Giulio Douhet's theory a " favorable air situation". This should be a prelude to a quick victory but months have passed and the Iraqi army is making a painful advance.

Last word

The Americans have not won in Afghanistan and the Russian were defeated there. They had superior weaponry but that alone is not a substitute for victory. The battle in Afghanistan is closer to our era, but Vietnam was similarly lost. One wishes Donald is able to read into this enigma. He is a dynamic man and perhaps he will not play into the hands of the hawks by even putting the US against the Russians. This would be a disaster. He would do well to study the geopolitical situation and embark on a war only if he is sure of victory.

I have the last question. Could he not give up this concept of "perpetual war" with thousands of young men dying miles away from home in chasing an impossible dream

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      Madan 

      18 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Yes Clive that's a great observation. But victory is a part of war, you love it but don't win.

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      Clive Williams 

      18 months ago from Jamaica

      America is a country that simply loves war

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      Madan 

      18 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Dear lions, I am extremely sorry to have hurt you. That was not my intention. I just wanted to make a point on futility of war and an onging war for 6 decades by the USA. All I am saying is, it must stop.

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      CJ Kelly 

      18 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Madan, no empathy? Absolutely dumb thing to say. That's incredibly insulting. I had a father who dealt with PTSD. He was traumatized and never got treatment. Have a nice life.

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      Madan 

      18 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Dear wrench, I am so glad you wrote this. You have stated what should have been stated. I love America and it pains me to see it degenerate. Such wars will drain the super power status of America. Who will change it?

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      Madan 

      18 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Dear Lions, nice of you to comment, but war is serious business and I had a feeling you were trying to trivialize it. Yes, the USSR collapsed, but what will you say if America collapses due to its debt burden of fighting these perpetual wars? Lastly, you have no empathy for young men killed by the political - military leadership chasing an impossible dream?

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      18 months ago

      Thanks for posting this Hub. Yes, I agree the United States is in a state of perpetual war. But you are too kind in your assessment. The United States, and the European Colonizers that preceded them on this continent have been engaged in a perpetual war for 500+ years.

      What Hitler only dreamed of doing has been realized in the "American Dream" of Manifest Destiny. However the U.S. government continues to cloak it's evil purpose with the excuse that they are preserving our freedom and democracy by using weapons of mass destruction to kill our "enemies". And it appears that many of these so-called enemies are non-combatants: innocent men , women, and children.

      To answer your closing question. The ruling elite do not care about death and destruction, and after over 500 years of war that should be obvious. You care because you are a human being. But the men who founded this country were not like you, and neither are their progeny. They are more akin to reptiles: a class of animal that does not have the capacity for emotion.

      lions44 is another apologist for this evil empire. The tired argument that "It's not just us!" and that war is a part of the human condition, plays well to a self-absorbed proletariat addicted to consumerism. But the truth is that the majority have always been pacifists. Young men go to war because they are manipulated and herded in that direction by a handful of greedy and powerful men. Individuals do not start World Wars, but governments do. Governments are the true enemy of the people. Furthermore, to suggest that the United States should be given a free pass because other nations engage in wars is like suggesting a rapist should not be held accountable because rape is "part of the human condition". Such twisted logic can only lead to the conclusion that since men have been raping women, children , and each other for thousands of years , then no one should be held accountable.

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      CJ Kelly 

      18 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Madan, I must respond specifically to this one point: no one who is advocating a "get tough" policy with Putin is pressing for war. I don't know why you imply that. Many of Trump's fan boys yell, "Warmonger!" at me and others every time we complain about Putin. We are not "warmongers." We advocate containment of Russian ambitions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as maintaining a strong NATO alliance (and by extension, the EU). That has been U.S. policy in the post WWII era, and it's worked. The Soviet Union was broken and Putin should follow.

      Russia and China are rivals to the U.S., we have every right to push back. Trump and his crowd love Putin because he is a white strongman, who they see as fighting Islam at his borders. That's all. It's about race with them. They are hardly peace activists.

      I also take exception that war is part of American culture. It is part of the human condition, not unique to Americans. How many times has India fought Pakistan? Now there's nuclear arms race in the region. Europe was in a perpetual state of war for almost 300 years. There are over a dozen Muslim insurgencies going on around the world. Is violence and war part of their culture?

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