The United States has waged many wars since WW2, and it has lost every single one of them. Which, if you think about it, is a damned impressive thing to do when it wins almost all of the battles it enters. So what went wrong? Many things, which I will discuss in this essay.
The first point is this assumption that American Soldiers are troopers blessed by god that are incapable of being harmed. While it may be hyperbole to think of them in that way, the fact stands that no matter how the masses think of our Soldiers, they believe them to be remarkably superior to everything that stands before them. That an American Serviceman is not just as vulnerable to a single bullet as an enemy combatant.
If you place American Soldiers in a war, I can guarantee that some of them will die. There is no way around this. All of the best preventative technology doesn’t help the Soldier once a bullet hits their flesh or a bomb detonates next to them. You don’t have to be happy about American Soldiers dieing and being killed in battle, but panicking like we’ve lost because it has happened accomplishes nothing. If you aren’t willing to take casualties, you shouldn’t be willing to wage war. And since you WILL take casualties, you need to decide if it’s worth it to wage war.
The next counterproductive idea to war is this bogus concept that we should “Win the Hearts and the Minds.” To prove that this is bogus, let’s compose a little experiment. I want you to march across town, pick a random house, trash the little kid’s room, kick the owner’s dog, and then as hard as possible, punch the owner in his face. Then ask yourself, “Will this guy ever be my friend?” If you answered yes, that means you are probably still in kindergarten and I’m impressed that you are attempting to read this blog which is way above your reading comprehension level.
You can never be friends with someone you wage war on. Never. Like I said, you are figuratively trashing his house, kicking his dog, and then assaulting his person. You will *NEVER* be friends. You may beat him in a War, but he’ll never be your friend. He might not be your enemy, and might become an ally of convenience, but he’s not ever going to be your friend.
Now that you know this irrefutable fact, or at least understand it better, you can go to war and actually beat your enemy. If he’s not going to be your friend, the next best thing is to crush him so utterly that he’s terrified of being your enemy. This is why the doctrine of “Winning the Hearts and Minds” is an utter failure. A half hearted war doesn’t win the war, nor does it ever accomplish making a friend out of your enemy. All it does is expose your Soldiers to getting killed, and give heart and victories to the enemy that is not out to make friends.
The next point is the fact that every single war that America waged in which we used “Total War,” we won, and every single war that America waged in which we did not, we lost. War itself is abhorrent, and knowing that your enemy is not going to be your friend, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to force your enemy to unconditionally surrender. More people died in the fire bombings of Germany than did in both nuclear bombs on Japan. But both countries surrendered.
Now take a look at some counter examples. The United States had nuclear arms on hand during the Korean War, yet refused to nuke the millions of chinese that stormed the borders of North Korea. In one sudden strike the United States would have killed millions of enemy troops that had no part in the war, but who would eventually cause many, many American Casualties, eventually leading to a stalemate. To this day, the United States is still technically at war with North Korea. One quick strike, even though it would have been utterly violent in nature would have crippled TWO enemy countries, won the war, and freed North Korea from the communists’s grasp.
Next take a look at the war in Vietnam. From the beginning it was waged by the yellow bellied cowards who attempted to “Win the Hearts and Minds.” American and Allied forces did *not* attack the communists in the north. They invaded South Vietnam and attempted to fight back from there. There were embargoes on American forces from attacking targets in the North. Instead, almost all attacks were on targets in the south, often accomplishing nothing. Only when the Allied Forces wanted to get concessions out of the Communists did they attack the north. And even then, the attacks were severely restricted. You know the result. America fought to win the Hearts and Minds, didn’t win either, and felt every single death as nothing was accomplished. We argued for a truce, got it, and then the moment we were gone the communists stormed the border slaughtering millions.
The consequences of such cowardice are felt in other places, too. Cambodia Communists, seeing that America would spend so much time and effort to lose a war felt emboldened and just outright murdered millions of professors, scientists, educated people, and other conservatives outright.
So where does this lead us? To several places. First, you have to understand that soldiers are going to die. If you’re not willing to have a lot of soldiers get killed in war, you shouldn’t be willing to go to war. Next, you aren’t going to be friends with someone you wage war on. So there is no reason to hold back in attempting to defeat them. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, you *must* be willing to do anything to win. Or more to the point, you must be willing to do anything to get your enemy to surrender.
Before the end of World War 2 the Emperor of Japan was literally a God to the Japanese people. Dropping two atom bombs on Japan literally changed their society when the Emperor came forward, admitted that he wasn’t a god, that the Japanese people shouldn’t die for him, and that they should surrender.
If you aren’t willing to do those three things to win, you shouldn’t be willing to wage war at all. If you weren’t willing to drop nukes on the Chinese crossing the North Korean border, you shouldn’t be in Korea at all. If you aren’t willing to attack North Vietnam directly, you shouldn’t be in Vietnam at all. If you aren’t willing to depose mass-murderer Saddam Hussein, you shouldn’t be in Iraq at all. If you aren’t willing to take tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of casualties, you shouldn’t go to war.