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Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and author of How Wars End:Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, discusses his new book.
Military is politics by other means and not something different from politics. Military can't win a war when the case politically is already lost. And this seems to be a fact in Afghanistan. And whether an asymmetric war in countries like Afgh. and Irak (Vietnam etc...) can be won is unlikely. It is a popular myth that the military could manage the case sucessfully if the civilians would only give them enough means. In the end they are free but dead... So declare victory and go out!
Why does Mr. Rose say we have to be building a new Afghanistan when we haven't even won the war yet?! The problem is that politicians in Washington won't let our troops finish the job. We can't build a democracy while the Taliban is still shooting at our troops.
U.S. shameless involvement in Latin American can be summed up in one word.....Pinochet.
Should we be proud of that?
it's all a matter of police work...always has been. there never should've been US armed forces in wither of these countries and those that pushed that agenda and "new world order" type actions should prosecuted and imprisoned. every american soldier that died in iraq and/or afghanistan died completely in vain. sad to say that, but it's true.
The Taliban is American-made. We gave them the stinger missiles in the '80s; we're the ones buying their heroin today.
The Pentagon dominates each conflict, but likes to give the illusion of an objective observer awaiting orders. Surely the problem outlined by your guest, who is by no means the first to state the obvious, is actually caused by a military mentality that is not educated in diplomacy or state building, yet essentially calls all the shots (if you'll forgive the expression).
Should we be surprised by Mr. Rose's timely book. It took four years after the American Revolution ended before we had a Constitution.
I'm about to cancel my Foreign Affairs subscription ... really. War is not a constructive act, the notion that we can wage an aggressive war ( a totalitarian war, i.e. nazi @ nuremberg war trial type ) against a state which is not a state (afghanistan) or a state that is not an enemy ( Iraq ) and then create an ally out of them is ridiculous. Completely moronic. When war is waged against an ATTACKING ENEMY STATE for NATIONAL DEFENSE (the only moral defense of war) then there is no need to "construct" the peace - we destroy the aggressors and continue to live our lives peacefully - this man is advocating humanitarian fascism.
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