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By PATRICIA WEITSMAN
Published: August 31, 2006
ACCORDING to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the United States has engaged in more multinational operations since the end of the cold war than it did in the preceding 90 years. Relying on one’s partners to fight wars makes sense. After all, it is better to fight with your friends at your side than alone, right?
When waged for the wrong reasons, coalition warfare is more costly and less effective than fighting alone. Coalition warfare requires a high degree of joint planning, consultation and cooperation. The presumption is that this loss of autonomy is more than compensated by having coalition partners provide additional troops on the ground and share the burden of fighting.
Are these in fact the reasons the United States has been using coalition warfare to prosecute wars in the contemporary era? Not exactly. Rather, the United States has used its partners to garner legitimacy for its foreign policy objectives.
Originally posted by RetinoidReceptor
Gallaca if you are going to get pissy and upset about everything journalists say then you will be one unhappy person. Just because one person wrote this does not mean the US feels this way. I am sure I can find loads and loads and loads and loads...did I mention loads? of anti-US propaganda sponsored in allied countries.