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Why can't the U.S. win a war anymore? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2010-9-8 18:45:41 |Display all floors
Why can't the "world's greatest military" win against a group of men armed with nothing more than home-made bombs in Afghanistan?

What's wrong with them?

Lack of intelligence? Lack of ability? Lack of will?

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Post time 2010-9-8 18:50:31 |Display all floors
They could win at a stroke if they wanted:  get the hell and on the way out drop a nuke from the sky.

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Post time 2010-9-8 18:54:09 |Display all floors
They are too "nice".....today's wars are nothing to what wars used to be. Today it's all about preventing "collateral damage". And since they have to fight guys who don't wear uniforms and hide amongst civilians...well, you get the picture.
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Post time 2010-9-8 18:54:20 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Cromwell at 2010-9-8 18:50
They could win at a stroke if they wanted:  get the hell and on the way out drop a nuke from the sky.


If it's so easy, why haven't they done it? They did so to win against Japan in WW2, so what're they scared of now?

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Post time 2010-9-8 18:58:47 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Alex2010 at 2010-9-8 18:54
They are too "nice".....today's wars are nothing to what wars used to be. Today it's all about preventing "collateral damage". And since they have to fight guys who don't wear u ...


Too "nice"? Is that why the Taliban are winning?

So why does David Petraus tell his soldiers that it's important to avoid "collateral damage"?

Seems your idea has already been tried.

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Post time 2010-9-8 19:03:30 |Display all floors
The claim was that nukes dropped in Japan saved 100's of thousands of lives in WW2 on both sides than if there had been a land invasion.

We have supposedly moved on in our thinking since then but it does make you wonder whats best in terms of damage limitation even now.

[ Last edited by Cromwell at 2010-9-8 07:04 PM ]

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Post time 2010-9-8 19:47:40 |Display all floors
It has nothing to do with military ability but it is all about winning the heart and mind of the people. US Army has not lost a single battle against Taliban but they can not convince a large portion of population to drop their weapons and to return to normal life. Elimination of that population is impossible. Using nuke is like using a sledge hammer to kill ants.

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