- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: August 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108611794
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108611794
How can you achieve victory in war if you don't have a clear idea of your political objectives and a vision of what victory means? In this provocative challenge to US policy and strategy, Donald Stoker argues that America endures endless wars because its leaders no longer know how to think about war, particularly limited wars. He reveals how ideas on limited war and war in general evolved against the backdrop of American conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. These ideas, he shows, were flawed and have undermined America's ability to understand, wage, and win its wars, and to secure peace afterwards. America's leaders have too often taken the nation to war without understanding what they want or valuing victory, leading to the 'forever wars' of today. Why America Loses Wars dismantles seventy years of misguided thinking and lays the foundations for a new approach to the wars of tomorrow.
H. R. McMaster - author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
Colin Dueck - author of The Obama Doctrine
Douglas Porch - author of Counterinsurgency: The Origins, Development and Myths of the New Way of War
John H. Maurer - author of The Outbreak of the First World War
Edward B. Westermann - Retired Colonel and formerly of the US Air Force Academy
Peter Layton - author of Grand Strategy
Lawrence Freedman Source: Foreign Affairs
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