The United States ' War Essay

1856 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 null Page
From the 15th century to the 20th century, the adage was never to invade Russia in the winter. Napoleon tried and failed, Hitler tried in failed. No one has ever really conquered Russia. In much the same way, Afghanistan has become the new Russia, a place where armies flounder and get bogged down in long, morale sapping conflicts. Russia did it in the 1970s, and the United States is still involved. Sure the terrain is difficult and the people aren’t too keen on foreign powers invading, but there is more to it than that. If anything, the United States’ war in Afghanistan showcases the new way of war in the 21st century. Gone where the times of pitched battles and brute force. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan showed the rise to prominence of asymmetrical warfare. And as a whole, the dominant powers were not prepared for it. So when the United States attacked Afghanistan searching for retribution and a quick victory, it got stuck, spinning its wheels in the desert sand and holding onto a mess. There were multiple reasons for this, including the military and political traditions of the United States, the expectations for the invasion, and a total inexperience in operations of the type carried out in Afghanistan. The Western, and by extension American, way of war has evolved over millennia. These roots are first seen with the citizen soldiers of the ancient Greeks, who fought quick, decisive battles so that they could get back home to their farms and businesses. This way of…

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