We Don’t Seek to Win Wars Anymore: by Army Vet

By | August 11, 2017

[August 11, 2017]  Army Vet writes today about how America stopped seeking to win wars anymore, rather now it searches to feel good about itself on the world stage.

Spoiler alert!  I’m going to tell you something that will piss you off so bad that you will want to strangle me for it.  Ha, frankly I don’t care because you need to know what I’m about to tell you and if it’s not a gut punch for every patriotic American, then you don’t deserve to live here and enjoy the freedoms given to you.  If you like Jane Fonda, Muhammed Ali, Harry S Truman, Bill Clinton, or any U.S. president since, then you don’t deserve to be called an American.  I’m going to tell you why.

The United States use to win wars but not anymore.  We won against any enemy encountered, starting with our own War of Independence beginning in 1775 and did so against the world’s strongest superpower, the British Empire.  We’re used to winning.  Winning is in our blood; it makes us powerful and unstoppable.  Our enemies fear us and our friends love us … well, that is what it used to be like.  Now we’re no different than any other third-rate country where their military couldn’t fight itself out of a wet paper bag.

Was it the bureaucratic little pantywaists at the Pentagon?  Or was it our political class?  Or was it something else?  To quote Clark Gable in the 1939 file Gone With the Wind, frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.  Who’s to blame is for someone else to figure out and to assess both the damage incurred and a fitting punishment by naming names in the history of our post WWII American society.  Reality counts more than the blame game.  Beginning with the war in Korea, things changed drastically.  I blame U.S. President Truman and his Administration for starting the political craze of moral weakness, strategic incompetent, and adopting a feel-good, progressive, socialist-light ideology where feeling good for the political elite was more important than anything else.

Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other such places have cost the United States enormous treasure – over a trillion dollars – and the lives of over 100,000 military personnel in the pursuit of world order, multiculturalism, collective security, and the badge of superior wisdom.  It makes me feel sick to my stomach that we spent so much in blood and treasure just to make the president of France like us just a little bit better.  A bottle of my best friend Jack Daniels would have been cheaper and a lot more effective.

I’ve said it before … the U.S. military spends more time trying to pacify the political elite than training to fight.  Yes, I know that we see much of this under President Obama (he nearly destroyed the fighting spirit of our military) but it was every president since Truman that enshrined it; Obama only hastened the speed at which it occurred.  Now our effort should be to distance ourselves from the pacifist idea that military action should be pursued only for international peace and order.  It should be to advance American interests; heaven forbid that the U.S. should do something in its own special self interests.

People believe that victory, where the enemy surrenders unconditionally, belongs to the age of the dinosaurs.  American military generals and admirals think the same way and that includes some of the most famous and most respected in our history since WWII; Petraeus, Powell, Ridgway, Westmoreland, all are examples of the creeping progressive anti-win nature of American progressive society.

All great empires have fallen but only once they began to appease the international community, joining the world order, and ignoring (rejecting?) their own citizens.  Will America go the way of the Roman Empire and others since then?  If they keep this up they certainly will fall just as hard.  Hey, just my opinion but what the heck!!

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Author: Army Vet

“Army Vet” is, of course, a pseudonym. He is real. The only way he would agree to write for theLeaderMaker.com was anonymously. As you will see, he’s not afraid to name names and tell it like it is but he does fear for his family, thus the fake name. His experience in with militaries around the world is extensive but more poignantly, he originally served in the Israeli Army and then the U.S. Army; fighting in wars of both armies. He will write on military leadership but I think you will find him to be somewhat unconventional and certainly controversial.