Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Blind Giant

I've wondered, of late, whether the U.S. view of war is unduly shaped by our late entry into so many wars. Both World Wars were half over by the time we entered. The Philippine War was an extension of the war against the Spanish. The Spanish American War as a whole was us intervening in an insurgency. The wars that we aren't so fond of, Korea, Vietnam and the present Gulf War, were wars that we joined from almost the beginning. (Yes I know you can dispute Vietnam, but you can divide that into several wars just as easily as you can lump it together.)

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