United States Involvement in a War Guarantees a Loss

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Egypt is in a state of civil war, and so is Syria.  Turkey and Saudi Arabia may soon follow.  I am writing this open letter to ask President Obama to cease American Imperialism.  To this date the only thing the United States leads the world in is hypocrisy.  And, if governments or rebels seek the aid of the United States, it can only guarantee a loss of that war.

Unless I fail to remember my country’s history, we had a civil war in which more people were killed than in any war our country has been involved in after the conflict.  But in a recent statement, Secretary of State, John Kerry said that violence never solves a problem.

Nations have the right to settle their own differences in their own way.  The United States does not have the intelligence or experience to attempt to dictate to the people of other countries the manner in which they settle their problems, or solve disputes.  We are a nation that has a poor reputation in leadership, and a worse one ‘assisting’ other countries.

The Korean War lasted from June 1950 until July 1953.  United States casualties were 33,686 battle deaths, along with 2,830 non-battle deaths during the Korean War and 8,176 missing in action, according to Wikipedia.

South Korea reported 373,599 civilian and 137,899 military deaths.

North Korea reported 215,000 killed and 303,000 wounded.  The Chinese involvement had various numbers released to the United Nations.  Updates from investigations of both sides estimate the total deaths from the conflict at 1.2 million.

And virtually nothing has changed in the relationship between the country’s two halves, with the exception of all-out war.

U.S. ‘Military’ advisors began assisting the South Vietnamese in the 1950’s.  Escalation of advisory personnel occurred in 1960.  U.S. military involvement reached its peak in 1968.

As many as 430,000 South Vietnamese civilians died in the war.  And estimated 65,000 North Vietnam civilians were killed.  Communist, (North Vietnamese), forces killed were approximately 444,000.  The South Vietnamese lost over 220,000.  The U.S. body count was 58,220.

United States forces deserted the country in 1973.  By all estimates, America had lost its first war.

The United States invaded the sovereign country of Iraq, under false pretenses, on March 20, 2003, in an attack labeled ‘shock and awe’ by President George W. Bush.

The United States ceased hostile actions in Iraq in 2012, and an accurate accounting of dead and wounded has not been released.  But here are some figures.

From March 2003 to June 2006, estimates of over 650,000 Iraqi’s were violently killed.

By the end of the conflict estimates of over 1,000,000 Iraqis were dead or missing.

American casualties were over 4,200, with 12,000 seriously injured.

The total cost is estimated to be over 1 trillion dollars to the American economy, and the financial figure continues to grow.

Iraq continues to be a country at war between Shiites and Sunnis.  The United States lost its second war.

In October, 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan for the purpose of avenging the attack on September 11, 2001.  We are still there.

Total casualties have not been reported in the ongoing conflict.  However, the United Nations reported that in 2011, 3021 Afghan civilians were killed.  Because of the length of the conflict, the number on both sides could exceed those of Iraq.  The U.S. has already lost its third war, and placed a corrupt government in control of the Afghan citizens.

In addition, the United States has been accused of multiple war crimes in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  The world has judged America, and the verdict is negative.

Egypt is a country that is important to the United States and even more so within the region of the world in which it lies.  Morsi was elected, but when a democratically elected leader begins to institute dictatorial policy, the people, who ARE the country, have a right to replace him.

The United States has rules of impeachment.  Those same rules do not exist in all countries.

The United States has frequently failed at being the ‘world’s policeman.’  And we should not act as such.  Democracy, capitalism, and Christianity, or even Christian mores are not necessarily the ideal arrangement for all citizens of the world.

And, truth be told, America’s ego is greater than its might.  We have lost the majority of our allies after the invasion of Iraq.  And we are no longer the most powerful or the greatest country in the world.

Countries that see the United States refrain from joining in their nation’s conflicts should be grateful.  In every military conflict the U.S. has been involved in since WWII, we have lost the battle, and the war.

James Turnage

Op-ed

2 Responses to "United States Involvement in a War Guarantees a Loss"

  1. mouna   August 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Egypt is not in state of civil war, but attacked under terrorism from brotherhood which Mr.Obama supporting them, I live in Egypt seen the full screen of murders walking in street holding weapons killing civil people walking in streets or in their balcony bring all Qaeda members to stay in Saini under protection from USA. And then you ask why we do not love you

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  2. heathergirl1234   August 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This article does not tell us anything we did not already know. It also did not tell us anything about Americans current role in the world.

    It just tells us what liberals think of their country.

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