In 1991, victorious American troops celebrated amid the ruins of Kuwait City. Was it worth it? What were they celebrating? What did they win? Look at the pictures of those who paid the ultimate price. Was it worth their lives?
The funny thing about war and peace is that it is not won or lost by the Generals who declare it. It is won or lost by the diplomats who pave the road to peace, but George Bush senior was not trying to win a war. He was trying to prove that the Vietnam war was lost because America fought it with "one hand tied behind its back." The problem is, that was not true. The US dropped more bombs in Southeast Asia than it took to defeat Hitler. Wars destroy and maime young people, that is all they do. Bush Sr., consequently declared war in effort to prove a lie, and if we do not learn from history, we will continue to wage futile war.
The US claimed total victory against Sadaam Hussein in 1991 but the war continues.
The myth is that Norman Schwarzkopt won the gulf war and buried the legacy of Vietnam. The truth is, the legacies of Vietnam and Iraq are practically identical and we need to figure that out because our historical understanding is evidently inadequate.
We do not need more wars. We need more diplomats and politicians who understand the futility of war and less leaders and Generals who destabilize and claim victory without political resolution, because THEY deserved better.
Next: War is a vicious cycle that must be broken.