Home > Book reviews > Pernicious parallels in US war policy

Author

Mariano Aguirre

 is managing director of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF). A journalist and analyst on international conflicts, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, he has written, co-authored and edited several books. His most recent contribution is a chapter in Megacities. The Politics of U...
More

Related publications

a A share Email print

Pernicious parallels in US war policy

Mariano Aguirre, 6 January 2011
3 pages

Summary

There are remarkable parallels between the US government’s wartime policies over the past 40 years. Leaders in Washington faced very different conflict situations throughout that period, spanning US involvement in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. But ironically, they seem to be repeating their mistakes, based on similar ideological assumptions. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are dragging endlessly on, and massive military spending to fight what many argue are unwinnable guerrilla insurgencies are undermining the legitimacy of the United States as a superpower and exposing the limits of its military might and economic affluence.

The full article can be downloaded in a pdf or accessed at The Broker website .

Featured

Stay informed

Subscribe to notifications from NOREF.

Follow NOREF

Recommended

 
How do you solve a problem like the GPH-NDFP peace process? Paradigm shifts for 2016 and beyond .
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
How do you solve a problem like the GPH-NDFP peace process? Paradigm shifts for 2016 and beyond .
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
 
BBC
BBC
Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya
Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya
Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence
Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence
Yemen suicide attack claimed by IS 'kills dozens' in Aden
Yemen suicide attack claimed by IS 'kills dozens' in Aden
 
Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
In Afghanistan, terrorism can't win over tolerance
In Afghanistan, terrorism can't win over tolerance
Ireland: EU orders Apple to repay $14.5bn in taxes
Ireland: EU orders Apple to repay $14.5bn in taxes
US: Gun violence in Chicago peaks in summer months
US: Gun violence in Chicago peaks in summer months
 
CSS
CSS
The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology?s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups
The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology?s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups
Spotlight on Yemen's Forgotten War and Humanitarian Disaster
Spotlight on Yemen's Forgotten War and Humanitarian Disaster
Xi's Army: Reform and Loyalty in the PLA
Xi's Army: Reform and Loyalty in the PLA