It’s not unAmerican to acknowledge our shortcomings and our failures

Retired Army General Explains Why We Lost in Afghanistan and Iraq

Source: Wikipedia
Army lieutenant general Daniel Bolger Source: Wikipedia

“By next Memorial Day, who’s going to say that we won these two wars?” <Army lieutenant general Daniel> Bolger said in an interview Thursday.

Maturity and self-awareness includes acknowledging one’s weaknesses and shortcomings and, if desirable, to come up with plans for doing something about them or not.

IMHO, patriotism requires maturity and clarity and, as such a willingness to acknowledge our nation’s weaknesses and shortcomings.

That’s why I don’t consider it to be unAmerican to have the discussion about what our brave men and women in the military can and cannot achieve as a military. Some problems just cannot be solved at the end of a gun barrel.

“Still, late to the party or not, Bolger’s conclusions are welcome. America’s modern track record in counterinsurgencies is terrible. The track record of every developed country in counterinsurgencies is terrible. I don’t know if anyone will remember this the next time we’re thinking about fighting another one, but the more experienced voices we have reminding us of this, the better.”
– Kevin Drum, Mother Jones



Author: Peaceful Patriot

Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.

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