Essay on Airpower And Its Effect On The War On Terrorism

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Over the past 70 years the “promise of airpower” to allows nations to wage war more quickly, more cheaply, and more humanely has not been fulfilled. Moreover, example of Vietnam War shows that there are many limitations for airpower and proper use of this power is extremely complicated to be effective like promised. Even more, winning series of battles and even overthrowing the enemy does not mean winning the war. Clausewitz wrote in his book “On War” that war is merely continuation of policy by other means. Therefore, airpower as one of the tools in politics’ hands shows its weakness in achieving the objectives in the War on Terrorism. Finally, leaders’ belief in airpower technology advantage creates temptation to use it as a quick remedy for problems. Hence, airpower by itself solves problems temporarily, which finally generates more costs and takes more time like in the Iraq Wars.
The cheapest, quickest, and most human solution is not making a war. Therefore, airpower use as an element of deterrence is a promise to prewar times. The history of Vietnam War shows that airpower has so many limitations, that false belief of quick winning the war makes only disappointment for leaders. Even more, support of the US society for making war decrease with time and public opinion in the US causes interior limitation. That is why, the US president and politics under domestic audience pressure influence on theater commanders. Such a political-military leadership creates…

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