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Us Action During The Cold War

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The United States from the Cold War and into the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) continues to face challenges in translating military might into political desires due to its obsession with raising an army, electing politicians and assembling a diplomatic corp that continue to gravitate towards State-to-State engagements that if not rectified could lead to substantial delays in fighting terrorism and non-terrorist adversaries or worse total failure of the United States Military’s ability to properly carry out it’s politicians objectives due to being blindsided.

Although focusing on State-to-State actions met President Reagan’s intent of bringing down the Iron Curtain through the build up of military might, enhanced nuclear power and increasing America’s overall power projection along with America’s recent and contnued demonstration of it’s military and political might through removal of dictators and through nation building to stabilize regions and create examples of democracies where dictators used to stand while taking into account nuances such as religion, politcs, ethnicity and tribal affiliation to move closer to winning the Global War on Terror (GWOT), America faces challenges now with the GWOT as it did during the Cold War as it attempts to translate military might into political desires due to it's obsession with raising an army, electing politicians and assembling a diplomatic corp with a distinct gravity towards State-to-State engagements that if not rectified could lead to repeat challenges and even failure should this same collection of leaders fail to adjust their narrowly focused preoccupation with State-to-State level actions which does not fully account for how the military deploys to meet political objectives, how the US establishes and enhances likeminded, democratic, capitalistic nations and organizations globally and how our vision of conflicts is blinded of the importance and impacts of the fine gradients of ethnicity, politics and religion in achieving political objectives through military means (Edwards, pg 294; Jones, pg 327; Petraeus pg 94; Delleman, pg 399; NSS pg 98)

During the Cold War Deterrence and Containment were the primary methods of defeating Soviet and more broadly the Communist threat (Schaub, pg 262-264). Nuclear weapons enabled Deterrence primarily as the United States was the sole nuclear power it leverated this State-to-State potential conflict (Nitze pg 257). The success during Cold War of Deterrence did not translate to the GWOT at it’s onset as it relates to Iraq. The UN and United stated established embargos, no fly zones, sanctions and froze bank accounts all to deter Saddam Husiem. In 2003 we commenced Desert Storm 2 because military might from afar (and even on his door steps) could not pursuade him. To prevent a 1v1 scenario again the United States continues to steer away from one nations Army versus anothers and certainly one nation’s nuclear arsenal against the others, the primary...

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