Whether we win a war or not is just a matter of someone's opinion based on their observation of those facts. Before I go through a list I want to
point out that at no time have I ever heard or read anywhere that the US Has claimed sole responsibility for winning any action. Without the US
supporting it's Allies many of the Wars of other countries would of ended in them speaking a language not of their own.
If you mean war as a declared war against a country and not a police action then I would argue that we have never lost a war. If you consider war as a
conflict between military groups such as a police action than Vietnam is the US's biggest lose.
Mexican War - American War
Spanish -American War
WW1 and WW2 Europe
*consider that almost every EU country has occupied by either Germany or Italy.
*consider that the US had no less then 99 active divisions
*financed the reconstruction of Europe
WW2 Pacific Japan
*it was like fighting a War on two fronts
Gulf War 100 Hours
* Lets not forget that this started and ended in an effort to free a country that was just invaded. And the US had to deploy it's military to
INTERVENE from the other side of the world. A non-Nato Ally.
*at a time when Iraq was considered to be one of the largest military's in the world.
Invasion of Panama = Just Cause
Invasion of Grenada = Operation Urgent Fury
* restoration of constitutional government
Vietnam = US Lost
KOREA 1951-53 (-?) Troops, naval, bombing , nuclear threats U.S./So. Korea fights China/No. Korea to stalemate; A-bomb threat in 1950, and against
China in 1953. Still have bases.
If it wasn't for the lend lease program Russia would not of had the resources to get to Germany.
A police action, like Just Cause, is just a safe term for war.
US Military and the French Legion have been responsible for preventing many nations from going to war by presence alone. Eygpt-Isreal
Cold War = Russia Economical Collaspe
MY FAVORITE term is Interventions. Here is a link to just some of them.
The one people tend to forget is 1989 Lybia when the US Navy dropped in to say Hi. I still remember the cartoon that was in the Newspaper that was
Gadhafi saying he was going to Bomb the US. The next day ...
Interventions of US
Oh Snap this is going to take forever on my Ipad. Moving to PC to do some cut and paste.
The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2011. Turkish newspaper urges that the United States be listed in
Guinness Book of World Records as the Country with the Most Foreign Interventions.
CHINA 1894-95 Naval, troops Marines land in Sino-Japanese War
CHINA 1898-1900 Troops Boxer Rebellion fought by foreign armies.
PHILIPPINES 1898-1910 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, killed 600,000 Filipinos
CUBA 1898-1902 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still hold Navy base.
PUERTO RICO 1898 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, occupation continues.
GUAM 1898 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still use as base.
CHINA 1922-27 Naval, troops Deployment during nationalist revolt.
CHINA 1927-34 Troops Marines stationed throughout the country.
IRAN 1946 Nuclear threat Soviet troops told to leave north.
URUGUAY 1947 Nuclear threat Bombers deployed as show of strength.
GREECE 1947-49 Command operation U.S. directs extreme-right in civil war.
GERMANY 1948 Nuclear Threat Atomic-capable bombers guard Berlin Airlift.
CHINA 1948-49 Troops/Marines evacuate Americans before Communist victory.
IRAN 1953 Command Operation CIA overthrows democracy, installs Shah.
EGYPT 1956 Nuclear threat, troops Soviets told to keep out of Suez crisis; Marines evacuate foreigners.
IRAQ 1963 Command operation CIA organizes coup that killed president, brings Ba'ath Party to power, and Saddam Hussein back from exile to be head of
the secret service.
LIBYA 1986 Bombing, naval Air strikes to topple nationalist gov't.
LIBYA 1989 Naval jets Two Libyan jets shot down.
I could go on and list or link all sorts of data from the Web. I've got books on the shelf to quote and reference. The point I would like to make is
the US doesn't do this alone and just like Libya 2011 we are generally asked to help.
What makes me sad is that we should be intervening in Syria right now but because so many people are upset over the last few interventions no one
wants to put their neck on the line. I mean everyone cried when Obama sent 100 Troops to Uganda in 2011. Half a year later a Viral Video pops up and
it seems justified.
It's not a perfect country but it's mine and I will defend it's right to defend you and anyone else that needs help.
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