War and Culture Core Assessment

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technologies. The believed this because they understood that the soldiers on the battlefield who were killing, being wounded, and dying were making the greatest contributions and the greatest sacrifices; therefore, no resources should be spared to give them everything they needed to fight and win.” (Lewis, 2011) In the early 90’s the military was training properly according to doctrinal literature and dominated during Operations Desert Shield/Storm using airstrikes mixed with the mechanized attack of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles (Bradley). The individual soldier on the ground felt secure in their armored vehicles and the fact the airstrikes were effective and prepared enemies held up in bunkers for the dismounted infantry to bound and destroy the weak Republican Guard. Ten years later, our military thought we were prepared to conduct the same war with better equipment, but did not realize the American soldiers were not mentally or physically prepared to fight a fierce enemy during operations OIF/OEF. With the improvement of equipment and technology throughout the campaign, soldiers and leaders were confident with their abilities thanks to the involvement of civilian contractors and the government interactions. Lewis would make the same comparison, “The most recent examples are Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In these wars, we Americans again 3
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prepared to fight a high-tech war against a low-tech enemy.” (Lewis, 2011) The involvement of the government would prove militarism will continue to their participation for ongoing and current conflicts and operations. After military interventions in the past, many for just reasons and some not, American citizens are insisting that that the military is demobilizing and the attention is focused back on domestic issues. This seems like a right step in preserving the American way of life for not incurring too high of security and military costs, yet after this initial step, America can almost certainly be found years later repeating down the exact same path. While taking a look at past administrations, it is helpful to look at insight from authors such as Andrew Bacevich. He reminds readers in his book The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, of the legacy of Ronald Reagan's role in "conjuring up the myths that nurtured and sustain present-day American militarism" (Bacevich, 2005). In his chapter entitled “War Club”, he again looks at the Bush administration for institutionalizing doctrines that foster militarism. Looking onward further, an A-historicism that plagues the American people, we can look to the Obama administration as well in perpetuating these militaristic actions. Moving forward from the Bush administration it was clear that a majority of American people wanted a President that would hopefully handle armed forces and intervention in a different way than the past mismanagement of the Iraqi intervention. Just two years after Obama’s inauguration, America has found itself escalating the situation in Afghanistan and launched a new militaristic intervention in Libya. The
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