Originally Posted by Moloch
Maybe they didn't achieve an overall victory in the last few attempts, but the results were all good enough to sell the thing as a victory. And I kind of got a feeling that the US need to get their asses kicked badly in order to get rid of that 'war is the solution'-bull that seems to be floating around many heads over there.
Not that I hope it happens (b/c it's very likely that whatever kicks the crap out of the US does the same to the rest of the western world...), but maybe that would get some minds right about what war really means. Except for the War of Independence and the Civil War, the US never had to fight on their own territory with their own civilians on the line. I think that's one of the biggest issues leading to this whole attitude towards war that is displayed by a big part of the people over there...
I really don't mean to offend anybody and if my post reads like some heavy generalization, I'm sorry; my opinion is based on my personal experiences made when taking part in a student's exchange program.
I think that I will have to disagree with you my friend.
Firstly the bulk of Americans do not want to be involved in overseas wars, call it a throw back to the Monroe Doctrine, or quite simply that they have intevened in so many different conflicts, which do not seem to realise any real benefits for Americans on the street.
Secondly you are using a sweeping generalisation, which could be applied to any nation, it has pride in its history, identity and achievements.
Whilst the USA is not without flaws it is genuinely trying to do good, it is the decision making process which hampers it, but that is also true of us in Europe.
I'm not a die hard American fan, but they have similar faults to my mother country, GB, but have the capability to deliver on their threats, and try to do so!!
If we want scapegoats then we need look no further than the politicians, changing tack at a whim - after all they are the military masters!!