Die meisten von uns in Amerika können es sich leisten, die Kriege zu ignorieren, nicht zur Kenntnis zu nehmen. Die Menschen im Irak, in Afghanistan oder Syrien können das nicht! Das erklärt der ehemalige US-Offizier, William J. Astore. Unsere Kriege sind nicht nur nicht zu gewinnen, sie sind gar nicht unsere Kriege! Tief im Innern wissen wir das, auch wenn es uns nichts ausmacht, eine nationale Einheit zu bilden und anderen Ländern den Krieg zu erklären! Trump erklärt, Kriege müssten wieder gewonnen werden! Die Generäle erklären immer nur, wie sie es sich vorstellen: sie wollen noch mehr Waffen, noch mehr Truppen, noch mehr Macht. Dummes Zeug! Der Sturz von Saddam Hussein etwa hat das Land ethnisch, religiös tiefer gespalten und zu einem Krieg aller gegen alle geführt. Die Anwesenheit der USA hat das nur noch kompliziert und trug dazu bei, den IS zu schaffen. In Afghanistan hat unser Einsatz keinen Frieden zwischen den verschiedenen Fraktionen der Bevölkerung geschaffen; wir wurden nur eine weitere. Das Gleiche gilt für Jemen, Syrien oder Libyen. Das wischen die Militärs weg und sprechen von Generationen von Krieg, von permanentem Krieg, die nötig seien. Kriege gewinnen? Trump wird das nicht ändern. Um so mehr er das Militär stärkt, um so mehr wird er auf die Generäle angewiesen sein und Schiffbruch erleiden. Es gibt nur einen Weg die Kriege zu gewinnen: Indem wir die Kriege beenden!

von Antiwar.com

The Only Way To Win America’s Wars Is To End Them

Bildergebnis für William J. AstoreWilliam J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF). He taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools

Today, I saw another article on why America is losing its wars in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. The gist of this and similar articles is that America’s wars are winnable. That is, if we bomb more, or send more troops, or change our strategy, or alter our ROE (rules of engagement), or give more latitude to the generals, or use all the weapons at our disposal (to include nukes?), and so on, these wars will prove tractable and even winnable. This jibes with President Trump’s promises about America winning again, everywhere, especially in wars.

Nonsense. The U.S. military hasn’t won these wars since the wars themselves are unwinnable by US military action. Indeed, US military action only makes them worse.

Consider Iraq. Our invasion in 2003 and our toppling of Saddam kicked off a regional, religious, ethnic, and otherwise complicated civil war that is simply unwinnable by American troops. Indeed, the presence of (and blunders made by) American troops in Iraq helped to produce ISIS, much-hyped as the current bane of American existence.

Consider Afghanistan. Our invasion in 2001 toppled the Taliban, at least for a moment, but did not produce peace as various Afghan factions and tribes jostled for power. Over time, the US and NATO presence in the country produced instability rather than stability even as the Taliban proved both resilient and resurgent. US and NATO forces have simply become yet another faction in the Afghan power game, but unless we want to stay there permanently, we are not going to “win” by any reasonable definition of that word.

You could say the same of the US military’s involvement in similar conflicts like Yemen or Syria (look at the mess we made of Libya). We can kill a lot of “terrorists” and drop a lot of bombs, spreading our share of chaos, but we aren’t going to win, not in the sense of these wars ending on terms that enhance US national security.

This hard reality is one that the US military explains away by using jargon. Military men talk of generational wars, of long wars, of fourth generation warfare, of gray zones, of military operations other than war (which has its own acronym, MOOTW), and so on. A friend of mine, an Air Force captain, once quipped: “You study long, you study wrong.” You can say something similar of war: “You wage war for long, you wage it wrong.” This is especially true for a democracy.

America’s wars today are unwinnable. They are unwinnable not only because they are not ours to win: they aren’t even ours. We refuse to take ownership of them. At the most fundamental level, we recognize they are not vital to us, since we don’t bother to unify as a country to declare war and to wage it. Most Americans ignore them because we can ignore them. The Afghans, the Iraqis, the Syrians, and so on don’t have the luxury of ignoring them.

Trump, with all his talk of winning, isn’t going to change this. The more he expands the US military, the more he leans on “his” generals for advice, the more he’s going to fail. Our new commander-in-chief needs to learn one lesson: The only way to win America’s wars is to end them.

William J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF). He taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools and blogs at Bracing Views. He can be reached at wastore@pct.edu. Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.


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