America the Vulnerable : Our Military Problems and How to by John F. Lehman, Harvey Sicherman

By John F. Lehman, Harvey Sicherman

The USA the susceptible: Our army difficulties and the way to mend Them Paperback - 2000 by means of John F. Lehman (Editor), Harvey Sicherman (Editor)

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A democratic regime cannot indefinitely sustain an inconclusive, unpopular war. Yet some drew a slightly different lesson from the Vietnam experience, namely, that any protracted military engagement must become unpopular with the American people and, therefore, be unsustainable. 4 Weinberger’s criteria for the use of American force hinged upon securing domestic support. ” Huntington concluded that duration would be a critical factor in planning future military operations. “The United States must pursue objectives it can hope to achieve quickly and use means that minimize the time required to achieve those objectives,” he wrote.

Lacking the requisite will for a long, bitter struggle, the fascists assumed, Americans would undoubtedly negotiate a peace rather than challenge true warrior cultures on the battlefield. 26 As events soon proved, however, a traditional warrior culture such as those stoked by Hitler and Tojo was not sufficient, or even necessary, for military success, and the remarkable American triumph over the Axis speaks to us today, highlighting the true foundations for successful international leadership. 25 John Whiteclay Chambers II, “‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1930): The Antiwar Film and the Image of the First World War,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 1994, pp.

S. 56 Over the long term, therefore, continued adherence to the quick, costless war presumption could well become the United States’ Achilles’ heel. The most insidious danger, however, is the belief that a decline in American will is foreordained and that therefore no opportunity exists to recast the public’s conception of its national interests and stoke its will to preserve them. Economic, cultural, and demographic trends may then be used as an excuse not to exercise leadership when leadership is most urgently needed.

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