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The Risks of Retreat

pat1174 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:33 PM
No it is not overextension. It is the lack of will to win. The only wars that ended were with Germany and Japan. But since the US now wants to win bloodless wars, things just drone on.
Michael160 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:22 PM
Actually the Korean War and Vietnam were not wars in themselves, they were just battles within the larger Cold War. And the US definitevely won that one. People always forget the triumph of the US over the USSR. And then the overextension began, without a major adversary the US thought it could turn the Middle East and Central Asia into an American oil pump.
Ress Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:45 PM
Lack of political will plus strategic incompetence equal many thousands of lives squandered in an unbroken string of fruitless wars since 1945. It's always a tragedy when one of our warriors is killed, but a thousand times worse when it's for nothing.

WASHINGTON -- Declining national influence is a choice, and America seems to be making it.

What foreign policy practitioners politely call the "churn" of events is beginning to look more like chaos. Egypt teeters between the establishment of a democracy and the restoration of the caliphate. Syria melts away as an organized state and perhaps as a geographic fact. Iran is on the verge of building the Shiite bomb and igniting a sectarian nuclear arms race (and you thought a purely ideological nuclear arms race was scary). North Korea continues its bold experiment in proliferation and abnormal psychology.

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