Essay on A Nation 's A Perpetual State Of War

1834 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
A Nation in a Perpetual State of War The United States has been in a continuous state of war since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers. In response to these attacks, the United States has deployed over two million troops amongst all five of its military branches combined. In 2014 the US withdrew a majority of its troops from the combat zones in the middle east, however the war still wages on. Many military leaders, as well as the American population entered the war with a gung ho attitude following the terrorist attacks, however as time has gone on, military personnel and civilians alike have had a change in attitude over a seemingly endless war. This paper will examine four articles written by high ranking military officials and civilian military experts to assess just how Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have impacted our nation as a whole. The first article, “What Lessons Did We Learn (Or Re-Learn) About Military Advising After 9/11?” was written by Lieutenant Colonel Remi Hajjar of the United States Army. Lt. Colonel Hajjar’s piece examines the lessons that the US military has learned since 9/11, but emphasizes counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Lt. Colonel opens his argument by informing readers that he served in theater in Iraq from 2009-2010. He goes on to explain how military advisors have been historically vital to the United States Military since the colonial era. “A small group of Prussian,…

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