The Right Way to Lose A War

The Right Way to Lose A War

America in An Age of Unwinnable Conflicts

Book - 2015
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Why has America stopped winning wars?

For nearly a century, up until the end of World War II in 1945, America enjoyed a Golden Age of decisive military triumphs. And then suddenly, we stopped winning wars. The decades since have been a Dark Age of failures and stalemates-in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan-exposing our inability to change course after battlefield setbacks.

In this provocative book, award-winning scholar Dominic Tierney reveals how the United States has struggled to adapt to the new era of intractable guerrilla conflicts. As a result, most major American wars have turned into military fiascos. And when battlefield disaster strikes, Washington is unable to disengage from the quagmire, with grave consequences for thousands of U.S. troops and our allies.

But there is a better way. Drawing on interviews with dozens of top generals and policymakers, Tierney shows how we can use three key steps-surge, talk, and leave-to stem the tide of losses and withdraw from unsuccessful campaigns without compromising our core values and interests.

Weaving together compelling stories of military catastrophe and heroism, this is an unprecedented, timely, and essential guidebook for our new era of unwinnable conflicts. The Right Way to Lose a War illuminates not only how Washington can handle the toughest crisis of all-battlefield failure-but also how America can once again return to the path of victory.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316254885
0316254886
Branch Call Number: 355.0973 TIERNEY
Characteristics: xiii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Jan 10, 2016

Why does America keep losing wars (or running them to a stalemate, as was the case in Korea)? This book suggests that it's not just that the States constantly underestimates their enemies; it's also an unwillingness to work on the ground with their natural allies, refusing to talk to the enemy, and most obviously, the lack of an exit strategy. This book relies on interviews with many of the major players of the last 40 years - from Kissinger to McChrystal - to back up the author's thesis. Every presidential candidate should read this book if so to avoid yet another unwinnable quagmire.

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