Its Grand Strategy is to force an American exit from the Middle East, and in the two decades since 9/11, it’s won more than lost.
James A. Warren is a writer and a former visiting scholar in the American Studies Department at Brown University. He is the author of Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam, and American Spartans: The United States Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq, among other books.
Background to a Dramatic Targeted Killing: The Long Twilight War Between Iran and the United States
The Pentagon Papers cast a harsh light on the Vietnam conflict and forever altered the balance of power between the press and government. The Afghanistan Papers pale by comparison.
While the U.S. Army was bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, China and Russia were dexterously outflanking American military capabilities.
The SEALs get the spotlight (the SEALs themselves have seen to that), but the Army’s elite Delta unit, while quieter about its accomplishments, is no less successful.
As one general put it, the U.S. is very good at blowing things up, but we suck at nation-building. Afghanistan proves him right in spades.
Over the past four decades, the Revolutionary Guard has emerged as a strangely powerful political and military force that has no counterpart in any Western nation.
The U.S. funds its military to the tune of $650 billion a year, more than the next seven nations’ spending combined. So why don’t we have more to show for it?
Lyndon Johnson deceived Congress and the American people about the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 to justify escalating US involvement in Vietnam. Is this Trump’s playbook too?
Together the U.S. Army and paternalistic government policies all but wiped out the country’s indigenous culture. But Native Americans never stopped fighting back.