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United States is contraindicated to fight

A major American edition of The National Interest has published anti-rating wars. According to the author of the “anti-rating”, publicist and university lecturer Robert Farley, these wars and conflicts were not worth it. Because of these wars, America suffered only losses. And it's not just about the Vietnam War and the recent Iraq campaign.

United States is contraindicated to fight

According to Robert Farley, Senior Lecturer at the School of Diplomacy and International Trade at the University of Kentucky, publicist and author of "The National Interest", in the discussion that preceded the 2003 war in Iraq, the Americans were "fascinated" by the difference between "wars of choice" and "wars by necessity". The fact is that if opponents of the war in Iraq condemned the campaign as a “war of choice”, supporters insisted on “necessity”. However, the question itself is wrong: after all, some of the wars “by choice” turned out to be a really good choice. However, with others, exactly the opposite happened. In addition, it cannot be said that the United States always makes wise choices.

"Antireyting" Robert Farley includes five unsuccessful wars that "choose" America should not.

1. War 1812 of the year. It's about the second American war of independence, which took place against the background of the Anglo-French conflict and competition. To a large extent, the United States was able to avoid war before the 1812 year. And although the US “offenses” against the British in that war were “legal”, it quickly became clear that the Americans were poorly prepared for military actions.

Yes, the naval forces acted well, but on the whole, success was on the side of the British crown: the British "did what they wanted and when they wanted." The British burned down the American capital, and only “heroic resistance” prevented Baltimore from setting fire.

The republic almost collapsed from internal divisions, before Washington and Washington reconciled.

2. Another unsuccessful campaign is The Black Hills War.

The first 120 years of its existence, the United States government waged an almost uninterrupted war against the Indian tribes who lived on the western border (and sometimes in the jurisdiction of the United States). In other cases, conflicts flared up because of the Indian attack on the villages of the Americans, the newspaper notes; in others, the cause of the collisions was pure self-interest - the struggle was for territory and resources.

The worst war of those times is the war for the Black Hills. It began in 1876 year. White settlers encroached on the lands allocated by the Cheyenne tribe and the Lakota Sioux tribe. The US government did not succeed (and to a large extent it did not want to) to limit the migration of whites to the Black Hills, and therefore it simply decided to capture some of the most valuable areas.

As a result, the Americans suffered "one of the most serious military defeats" in the Indian wars.

In the end, the combination of military and diplomatic efforts led to the fact that most of the Cheyenne and Sioux surrendered, except for those Indians who fled to Canada. However, the collision continued for nearly fifteen years.

This is how the American government "reassured" the Cheyenne and Sioux and gained control over the territory that later became South Dakota. Death and destruction caused by the war, showed the cruelty of the American government against the Indian tribes.

3. Great War (The Great War). This refers to the First World.

When the war in Europe began in August 1914, American politicians correctly identified the conflict as purely European. Despite the fact that the United States was already the largest economy in the world, official Washington has not yet concluded that it is responsible for global stability and conflict resolution. The United States looked at the conflict and profited from the “slow burning” of European civilization. So it was from 1914 to 1917.

President Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 election campaign of the year promised "to stay out of war." Incidents with Germany (for example, with submarines) changed the position of the American government. But what is the result? During the eighteen months of the war (the fiercest battles were in the summer of 1918 of the year), 116000 Americans were killed. That war led to the collapse of four empires (Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire) and the glorification of two other states (England and France). The central conflicts of war remained unresolved.

4. Vietnam war. American politicians have been watching the events in Southeast Asia since the middle of the 1940s. Later, the United States military intervention in the conflict was directed against the Viet Cong and the forces of North Vietnam. But for what purpose? The United States began to withdraw from South Vietnam in 1972, but how could South Vietnam protect itself from the North? In 1975, all American actions went down the drain. Meanwhile, the invasion of the Americans was the cause of the long suffering of the Vietnamese people.

5. Iraqi Freedom (Operation Iraqi Freedom). In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime and build a friendly democratic state in the country. One of the declared goals of the campaign was to prevent the spread of weapons mass destruction, as if the Iraqi groups associated with major terrorist networks.

Looking back, you understand what all this was nonsense, writes the author of "anti-rating."

Yes, the United States "won a convincing victory over the Iraqi armed forces in the first weeks of the war." However, they "could not establish order in the country."

Iraq quickly became a field for civil war, characterized by great loss of life and economic disruption.

Major investigations carried out after the invasion did not confirm the existence of a WMD development program. No significant contacts between the regime and the Al-Qaida terrorist network have been identified either.

The current government of Iraq controls only part of the territory. In addition, it is forced to fight the "IG". The influence of Iran in the region has increased. Even American Republican hawks are no longer eager to enter the new Iraq war.

What is the conclusion to be drawn?

To avoid a ridiculous war, politicians need to be aware of their own responsibility. George Washington warned at one time that the United States must exercise great caution and stay away from unnecessary wars, as well as from invasions abroad.

In conclusion, let us ask ourselves a simple question: does Barack Obama, for example, realize this? Not. The invasion of Libya 2011 of the year and Russia's "containment policy" are examples of this. But do those who wish to change Obama in the Oval Office realize this? Maybe Hillary Clinton? Or Marco Rubio? Also no. The first one calls for the creation of a no-fly zone in Syria, and the second one is eager to shoot down Russian aircraft in the Syrian sky.

It is not surprising that some American analysts are certain that Washington will lead the planet to a nuclear war.

What kind of responsibility here!

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. Aleksander
    Aleksander 12 November 2015 06: 04
    Because of these wars, America suffered only losses.

    At least I’d have torn myself ....
    1. Goga101
      Goga101 12 November 2015 06: 13
      Aleksander - about losses - the author is lying, they were "welded" in every war, another thing is that "political losses" - especially after they were embarrassed in Vietnam ....
      1. Tatyana
        Tatyana 12 November 2015 07: 56
        From the text of the article
        ... some American analysts are sure: Washington will lead the planet to nuclear war.
        What kind of responsibility here!
        The fact is that Washington is only a WEAPON in the hands of the American financial OLIGARHAT, which the USA themselves absolutely do not care geopolitically!
        World war politicians are asked from managers hired by OLIGARHAT. And this is not entirely correct. After all, the financial oligarchs themselves are hoping for a world nuclear war and can sit out somewhere else. Question - WHERE exactly? and WHO of them specifically? and when?
        It is necessary that during the war it is THEY — the instigators of the war — who personally, once again, DO NOT STAY PUNISHED!
    2. Vend
      Vend 12 November 2015 10: 04
      Quote: Aleksander
      Because of these wars, America suffered only losses.

      At least I’d have torn myself ....

      Losses are not only in the United States, entire countries are disappearing from world maps. I'd like you to be right. Wait is already tired
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 12 November 2015 06: 51
    To avoid a ridiculous war, politicians should be aware of their own responsibility

    What kind of responsibility can we talk about if the "exceptional" present the next war as the protection of their national interests. And who will be responsible for protecting the national interests of the country, even if this "protection" failed miserably and brought only chaos. The Americans are constantly reassured by the fact that they are stirring up another conflict far overseas and this conflict does not directly concern America itself (with the exception of losses), but even brings profits to the military-industrial complex.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 12 November 2015 07: 31
    It is not surprising that some American analysts are certain that Washington will lead the planet to a nuclear war.
    ... They say this, from the very moment that nuclear weapons appeared .. R. Bradbury seems to have a story about the house. 21 century house .. clever, wakes up the owners, cooks, educates children .. But there is nobody in the house , all died during the nuclear war .. The house survived ... The story was written in the 50s ..
  4. ImPerts
    ImPerts 12 November 2015 07: 40
    The United States strictly maintains peace and order in its country. Do not allow major conflicts in North America. But in every possible way they fan the fires on others. This allows you to weaken the "partners", make a profit and show a financial crook a place where they can safely spend (invest) the loot.
    Therefore, the issue of wars of choice or necessity is somewhat contrived. This is not a global war, where the economy must be transferred to war footing.
    This is not Vietnam, where huge resources and human resources were sent, which led to depletion and discontent in the electorate. Now these are local conflicts. Any local conflicts are beneficial to the United States.
  5. Do not care
    Do not care 12 November 2015 07: 42
    A bit of humor on the topic
    Satirist George Carlin on the Gulf War:

  6. V.ic
    V.ic 12 November 2015 07: 58
    When the war in Europe began in August 1914, American politicians correctly defined the conflict as purely European.

    In vain the author registered the participation of USA in that war as unsuccessful. "When the war broke out in Europe in August 1914, American politicians correctly defined the conflict as purely European." "116000 Americans were killed," but USA President W. Wilson positioned the North American United States as a great power, removing it from the rank of minor. The peace treaty was written in accordance with Williams' principles.
  7. oldseaman1957
    oldseaman1957 12 November 2015 08: 00
    Quote: Goga101
    they were "welded" in every war,

    Stoned and snickering. And they have never been beaten (A pity!), - and that is insolent to the stop.
  8. twincam
    twincam 12 November 2015 09: 05
    Quote: oldseaman1957
    Quote: Goga101
    they were "welded" in every war,

    Stoned and snickering. And they have never been beaten (A pity!), - and that is insolent to the stop.

    Yes, quite a while ago no one threw them in the back of the soup.
  9. Alimk
    Alimk 12 November 2015 09: 57
    The first calls for the creation of a no-fly zone in Syria, and the second is completely eager to bring down Russian planes in the Syrian sky.
    And how will they shoot down:
  10. pts-m
    pts-m 12 November 2015 11: 30
    It turns out that the Yankees who previously ruled the rulers were wiser. And now degradation. How will they now live?
  11. Belousov
    Belousov 12 November 2015 13: 08
    The author is not right in the conclusions. States may have incurred political losses, but on the other hand, they were repeatedly blocked by economic profits.
  12. v.yegorov
    v.yegorov 12 November 2015 13: 09
    I hope that we will live to see the time when the international community will conduct the trial of the United States as the main aggressors and instigators of wars.
  13. iliya87
    iliya87 12 November 2015 13: 38
    I think it’s not right to consider individual wars as right and wrong. Even if approached from such an angle, there should be clear and clear criteria, and actually on what points to compare. Not right, because geopolitical interests due to the development of technology, economies, etc. are changing. In addition, no one with the interests of people does not take into account such things and therefore civilian or military victims are generally not taken into account in wars for domination (economic political military nature)
  14. silver_roman
    silver_roman 12 November 2015 13: 41
    that all this is complete nonsense. I will not put the article minus just because it reflects the opinion of some next Yankee.
    All the goals that the states have pursued in recent wars ARE ACHIEVED !!!!!!!!!!! there was no thought to make some kind of democratic state out of Iraq. Enough nonsense to write and comment. let the Saxons feed their audience! No, I’ll put a minus !!! am
    the author asks such highly moral questions like "is the next administration thinking about subsequent wars ??". that they spat on all these mountains of corpses that they brought into our history. There is rough and dry pragmatism. In general, they are interested in the lard 3-4 on Earth would die ... in general, I do not want to offend the author, but there is nothing to discuss here!
  15. Denis Skiff
    Denis Skiff 12 November 2015 16: 51
    Correctly contraindicated
  16. Rock616
    Rock616 13 November 2015 01: 10
    Quote: Aleksander
    Because of these wars, America suffered only losses.

    At least I’d have torn myself ....

    Better let PUKAN tear laughing
  17. Rock616
    Rock616 13 November 2015 16: 51
    It’s interesting to me, who pasted the minus article ????????
    P / S. unless only due to the fact that the author counts one hundredth of all incursions of the "light elves" laughing
  18. The point
    The point 15 November 2015 17: 08
    To whom is war, and to whom is mother dear? Another example is evident.
  19. Vitail
    Vitail 19 November 2015 00: 57
    Americans pontoviki and no more