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Updated on September 1, 2010

 "Nation Building should start and end at home"

Operation Enduring Freedom

The War in Afghanistan:     October 7, 2001- Present117 months                                     President Barack H. Obama
The War in Afghanistan: October 7, 2001- Present117 months President Barack H. Obama

Operation IRAQI Freedom

 War in Iraq: March 20, 2003- Present; 88 months & counting   President George W Bush
War in Iraq: March 20, 2003- Present; 88 months & counting President George W Bush
Vice President Dick Cheney
Vice President Dick Cheney
President George Herbert W. Bush
President George Herbert W. Bush


Citizens of the United States are not adverse toward settling disputes through battle. One may refer to our hawkish Warrior mentality and history.

The origin of the terminology "Hawk" dates back to U.S. advocates of the 12th Congress looking to wage war in 1812 with the U.K.


Congress was successful and the term has evolved within our lexicon to describe U.S. political aggression through diplomatic and military means. Conversely, one who advocates diplomacy as a means to avoid ‘Military Conflict’ is deemed ‘Dovish’ which alludes to a symbolic gesture of peace.

Here are some of the gruesome details of the Dirty Dozen results which epitomize America’s affinity toward War.

Our most recent war also has the distinction of being our longest war.

Operation Enduring Freedom was launched in response to the homeland attack of 9/11 which began in October of 2001.

The War in Afghanistan originally consisted of a specific agenda to rid the world of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

It then targeted the supportive Taliban, which evolved into a counterinsurgency and ultimately a mission of “Nation Building”.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) includes soldiers from 42 countries with U.S. troops making up about half its force.

With troop withdrawal scheduled for the near future, the “Second Gulf War “evolved into the “Occupation of Iraq” and finally “Operation Iraqi Freedom”.

This continued military campaign began with the invasion of Iraq by a multinational force predominantly consisting of the United States and the UK.


Fabricated claims of the existence of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) opened the door for the U.S. to ‘liberate’ the People from the maniacal Dictatorial President Saddam Hussein.

After convicted of charges in the 1982 killing of 148 shi’ites he was sentenced to Death by


Hanging which was carried out on December 30th, 2006.

The invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi troops that began 2 August 1990 was met with international condemnation. It brought immediate economic sanctions against Iraq by members of the UN Security Council. Coalition forces from thirty-four nations led the United Nations in an authorized war waged against Iraq. This war has also been referred as “the mother of all Battles”.


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I can only speak for myself, I'm uncomfortable with military members being used as pawns for nation building or the conquest. A Commander in chief has a responsibility, to those willing to give their last full measure of devotion to country, to exercise every means possible before sending them in harms way.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Time and again battles are fought to conquer. Nowadays battles are fought for peace??? Two opposites war and peace.

      The pieces don't fit in

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Dear Sa'ge,

      Thank you for your comments. My question to you is simple. Is the price measured in $$$ or liters of blood? If killing is simply wrong,is the price of peace too expensive? Can we afford Peace? I would submit the price of War & Peace exact the same toll, measured in liters of blood. I take it from your sign-off you're from Hawaii. If today's date was December 6,1941, would that alter your perspective at all? Thank you for weighing in.gjf

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      I can not agree with war! Killing is killing and we are paying for going to war! ~aloha~


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