Academic journal article Military Review

WINNING MODERN WARS: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire

Academic journal article Military Review

WINNING MODERN WARS: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire

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WINNING MODERN WARS: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire, Wesley K. Clark, PublicAffairs, New York, 2003, 240 pages, $25.00.

Before aborting his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, General Wesley K. Clark wrote Winning Modem Wars: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire, in which he assesses Operation Iraqi Freedom as a glorious victory for America. No disagreement there. he contends that the victory was due more to a 30-year process of overcoming the failings of Vietnam than to President George W. Bush's administration. Using weapons procured by former President Bill Clinton's administration, troops rolled largely unimpeded to victory after victory with an easy entry into Baghdad. There the operation fell apart, as the current administration failed to follow plans developed since the Cold War.

According to Clark, the war was not a good idea. Operation Iraqi Freedom diverted scarce resources, money, intelligence, Special Forces, and attention from Afghanistan to Iraq. The war also alienated Allies needed to fight terrorism. It reflected the unilateralism of the Bush administration; Clark sees unilateralism as bad.

Clark begins his description of the American empire with a historical survey of U.S. hegemony after World War II. …

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