The Time to Wage War
The thought of placing American service members in harm’s way, should never be taken lightly. Careful planning and coordination between the executive branch and military must be accomplished. However, it seems that in the past this has not always been the case. As the United States has raged war against other nations without a purpose or resolve. Many men and women have sacrificed their lives during conflicts; the aftermath has left the survivors to question the decisions of our leaders. Why were we there? What did we achieve? Since the 1900s, the U.S. has been involved in numerous wars and conflicts, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The U.S. was attacked twice, but involved in an additional three wars. The U.S. should maintain a defensive posture that only involves the military when the country is provoked to action by direct attack of another nation. If the U.S. continues to be the world’s peacemaker, and acts without provocation, it will have to answer the above questions again and again.
First, the U.S. involved itself in its first case of “modern warfare” during World War I. Initially, it sat on the sidelines allowing the European nations to compete for land mass and territorial reign. The Ottoman Empire and Austrian-Hungarian Empire formed an Axis pact and declared war on their neighbors with main emphasis placed on France and Italy. Meanwhile, the U.S. was struggling in a sluggish economy and did not see the need to become actively involved. However, the U.S. provided much needed supplies and aid to the beleaguered countries. The British became involved and assisted France with troops, as the United Kingdom perceived a threat from the Axis powers if France would fall. The war would turn into a quagmire of trench warfare with territory gained or lost measured in miles. The U.S. was finally convinced by the Allies (France and Britain) to enter the war and provide soldiers to defend against the aggressors. The U.S. would remain in the war for the next three years, and lose thousands of service members. When the war ended, the Axis powers were disbanded and new independent countries were formed. The U.S. received no territorial gains or major restitution from the Axis powers, other than the cemeteries provided for the soldiers buried overseas.
Next, the U.S. was recovering from the Great War. A depression had settled upon the world. It was during this regressed state of affairs, that Adolf Hitler was to seize power and thrust his Nazi Party into the foreground of national power. Germany disregarded the Versailles Treaty and began to build up forces, exceeding the peace time levels authorized for the German nation. The Germans initiated a “blitzkrieg” (lightning war) on neighboring countries. Poland, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania and others capitulated within months. France was soon under occupation and the British were getting hammered by aerial bombardment...