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War Without End: The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another


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As excerpted from the book The Fighters

 

More than three million Americans have served in uniform in these wars. Nearly 7,000 of them have died. Tens of thousands more have been wounded. More are killed or wounded each year, in smaller numbers but often in dreary circumstances...On one matter there can be no argument: The policies that sent these men and women abroad, with their emphasis on military action and their visions of reordering nations and cultures, have not succeeded. It is beyond honest dispute that the wars did not achieve what their organizers promised, no matter the party in power or the generals in command. Astonishingly expensive, strategically incoherent, sold by a shifting slate of senior officers and politicians and editorial-page hawks, the wars have continued in varied forms and under different rationales each and every year since passenger jets struck the World Trade Center in 2001. They continue today without an end in sight, reauthorized in Pentagon budgets almost as if distant war is a presumed government action.

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Maybe Rumsfeld and Cheney were from the future and knew that the wars were a mistake, but needed an excuse to get the American military ready to fight again for the coming war against the machines and/or aliens. Kind of like how the Napoleonic Wars turned the British army into an experienced fighting force so that they could come burn down the White House with ease.

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5 minutes ago, CitizenVectron said:

Maybe Rumsfeld and Cheney were from the future and knew that the wars were a mistake, but needed an excuse to get the American military ready to fight again for the coming war against the machines and/or aliens. Kind of like how the Napoleonic Wars turned the British army into an experienced fighting force so that they could come burn down the White House with ease.

 

According to Trump, that was Canada, not the UK. 

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