American Military Intervention in Unconventional War: From by Wayne Bert (auth.)

By Wayne Bert (auth.)

A learn of the most important U.S. army interventions in unconventional conflict, this e-book seems to be at 4 wars that happened whereas the U.S. was once a superpower within the post-war WW II interval and one within the Philippines in 1898.

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Johnson’s motives, on the other hand, are still debated and his objectives found to be uncertain. Was it his ideological beliefs that motivated him to prosecute the war in Vietnam? Or his concern about electoral politics? Or the need to uphold the Kennedy legacy? Whatever it was, he took great risk in the face of much evidence that the war could not be won. His personality seems crucial to a full understanding of his statements and actions. In the case of Bush, we are even further from an explanation of his decision to invade 36 American Military Intervention Iraq.

The pursuit of interests defined as power displaces and predicts other more peripheral concerns. The ideology and morality of the statesmen, and the populace, including international law, is situational, that is, it is determined by the struggle for power and the needs of survival. The source of the struggle for power and the competitive nature of the system are, according to Morgenthau, human nature and the competitive drive for survival (Morgenthau, 1967). American Policies 17 Kenneth Waltz built his neorealist system on elements of classical realism, but he focused on the system level of international politics rather than the nation-state at the unit level (Waltz, 1979).

It is puzzling what motivated him in the face of so much uncertainty about events inside Iraq and what US interests might be. In such circumstances, these attributes of his beliefs and personality clearly have to be discussed. Perhaps significantly, both of these presidents came to office with more experience and interest in domestic than foreign affairs. Neither had traveled much. Even more damning, neither president showed much curiosity or interest in learning about foreign cultures or processes, and both showed a lack of flexibility and imagination when dealing with alternatives to the policies they ultimately became stuck with.

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