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The misuse of American
might, and the price it pays

Los Angeles Times, by Andrew J. Bacevich

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/12/2014 4:52:18 AM

The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here´s the guy you can count on to get the job done. Just look at those references! Yet by the time he drives off months later, the kitchen´s a shambles and you´re stuck with a bill several times larger than the initial estimate. Turns out the job was more complicated than it seemed. But what say we take a crack at remodeling the master bath? That pretty much summarizes the American experience with war since the end of


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 1/12/2014 7:21:37 AM     (No. 9688945)

While I don´t necessarily agree with every premise upon which the professor bases his argument, I painfully admit he makes a good point. Mainly because the way this administration has completely botched the aftermath of the main military conflict. This despite the author´s thinly-veiled attempt to lay the failure at the feet of Bush by citing the years we entered Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 1/12/2014 9:33:16 AM     (No. 9689071)

The military did exactly as it was ordered and allowed to do. The people in Washington giving the orders are solely to blame for the outcome.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232, 1/12/2014 9:37:47 AM     (No. 9689078)

Really bad analogy. You don´t hire the military to make over your kitchen. You hire the military to blow up your neighbor´s house. And in that arena, the US Military has no equal.

If you want nation building, you bring in a different contractor, after the US military has cleared the landscape. The military is not a democracy and the enlisted dont have a say. An organization that is based on discipline with an unlimited budget is not the organization to rebuild your local shopping center and implement a democratic government in a war zone.

The problem is that politicians forget what the purpose, function of, discipline, training and structure of the military is. The Military is simply not equipped for nation building.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40, 1/12/2014 10:03:34 AM     (No. 9689122)

The blame cannot be laid at the military´s door by any stretch of imagination. Rules of Engagement, governed by left wing political correctness; strategic policy based on mistrust of American power are the root causes. But the MSM does not accept these causes as genuine therefore we see articles such as this published.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/12/2014 2:50:36 PM     (No. 9689447)

I see "L.A. Times," I stop reading.
Their anti-Americanism is well known.
They are for it? It´s bad for America (but good for Mexico, not coincidentally).

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Reply 6 - Posted by: absalom, 1/12/2014 3:15:01 PM     (No. 9689465)

Masterful article that argues a self evident but largely ignored thesis, viz. in war, there is no substitute for victory; a cold reality that Imperial Rome and the British Empire knew in their very bones. Since WW11 we have engaged in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, among others, and to what end??? Measured in terms of blood, treasure and reputation; the results have been abysmal. Accepting reality is a hallmark of maturity while excuse mongering and blame shifting is its opposite.

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