A Decade of War ‘Not Worth the Effort’

John Glaser, May 28, 2012

As jingoists condemn critiques that the veterans have not been fighting for our freedoms (much the opposite) on this here Memorial Day, consider this passage surprisingly printed on the front page of today’s New York Times:

Broadly, the question is what the United States gained after a decade in two wars.

“Not much,” Col. Gian P. Gentile, the director of West Point’s military history program and the commander of a combat battalion in Baghdad in 2006, said flatly in an interview last week. “Certainly not worth the effort. In my view.”




6 Responses to “A Decade of War ‘Not Worth the Effort’”

  1. The good Colonel's error is using the frame of reference of "we" and "the United States". The people who matter most certainly did benefit very much from our fun little Middle Eastern adventures.

    (Everyone here knows that, of course. I'm jst sayin')!

  2. Agreed. But also remember 'we the people' supported the wars when they began. And, reelected Bush and company in spite of all their trillion dollar misadventure. Those who profit from wars can always create enough hatred against 'the others' to generate support for any war they like.

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  4. Baghdad in 2006, said flatly in an interview last week. “Certainly not worth the effort. In my view.”

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