Chen Hu: US-Iraq war were not achieved all the strategic objectives
local time on August 18, the U.S. military in Iraq last combat troops to retreat to Kuwait.
Editor’s note: the night of 18 U.S. media reports, the last U.S. combat troops from Iraq has begun across the border between Iraq and Kuwait. This lasted for 7 years and 5 months of the war has killed more than 4,000 soldiers were killed and about 10 million Iraqis. Then, overwhelmed by the U.S. withdrawal mean an end to the war in Iraq? Parties to the war, the war brought about? Who is the next battleground for the U.S. military?
this week, “Chen Hu Troops” with you the remarkable attention to the Iraqi military withdrawal.
2003 order issued by President Bush began this war, has now been 7 years and 5 months, and in the process, we often hear “end of the war.” or “the war is over” such a voice. In fact, the war did not end because of these voices. Now we see that U.S. combat troops from Iraq has been and is committed to full withdrawal before the end of 2011 in Iraq. All this seemed to be that: to end the war in Iraq is really the time.
But the fact is not so simple.
Regardless of all the U.S. military did not withdraw from Iraq, even if all U.S. troops out of Iraq, the impact of the war will continue for a long period of time. In any case, the war in Iraq at this stage, it should be said to have reached a new juncture, the factors affecting the development of its follow-up I’m afraid a lot of.
although now that the war ended too soon, but its players have been changing, if the war continues, we can only say that this will be a new war.
7 years and 5 months, get what?
development of the situation to the present, there is a problem may be more concerned about that war-related pros and cons of what parties?
as a major player in the war – Iraq can be a heavy loser, even though the war in Iraq off making a “tyrannical” and rulers, but did not give this country bring stability and peace, did not give this country the opportunity to develop. The 1970s, Iraq was the Middle East one of the most powerful country, even in the two Iraq war, its strength and status is still quite a lot. But now, even their own internal stability in Iraq can not be achieved, the Iraqi people pay a total of 100,000 casualties, the economy completely collapse by external forces to control the people with a normal living environment are not available. From this perspective, the war in Iraq should be the biggest victims.
look at the other war – the United States. In this war the United States to pay more than $ 1 trillion in military spending, the U.S. military death toll of nearly 5,000 casualties in this figure is about 10 times. So, the United States to pay such a heavy price to get exactly what? Have not reached the goal?
the answer is clearly no, some Western media to the withdrawal of U.S. troops as “a decent failure.” It now appears that all the U.S. strategic objective in the war were finally reached. Therefore, the U.S. military can not be called the war a “winner.”
the United States should learn a lesson in this war, that is: not to war lightly. Perhaps it is easy to wage war, but to get the perfect result, not quite that easy. As we talked, as the ancient art of war: “All warfare, affairs of state also, the land of life and death, survival of the Road, must be aware of it.” War lightly, not a good thing. Then the U.S. will learn from this lesson, the future use of military means to have a new understanding? I am afraid that answer is still no. Because the current situation, the U.S. military does not take the war “failure” as a truly strategic level to fully absorb the lessons, I believe in the future, the United States will continue to be, as usual, using its army to try and reach some of its “strategic objective.”
From another perspective, the U.S. may get another “experience.” Prior to this, the United States has won the “decent victory”, also received the “no decent failure”, but now get an intermediate result – “a decent failure”, which the United States dealing with international affairs and the future and have to say is a war “experience.”
a larger scale in terms of the war in Iraq has brought the world situation, what kind of impact? This is a topic of different opinions. So far, hard to say which side has reached a strategic objective from which to obtain a strategic victory, but there is a saying that the war to the U.S. so-called “opponents” to bring a ready, delay, respite opportunities. The war will be America’s national power, military power in Iraq dragged on, it is like a black hole absorption, consumption of national strength and military power the United States, the United States has no more power to deal with other “rival” or “hostile forces.” It should be said, is access to the strategic interests of the United States as the biggest “rival” or “hostile forces” of people or groups.
who will be the next battleground for the U.S. military?
since the United States can draw from the war full of lessons, it is impossible to change the view of the use of military means, then the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, it’s the next focus point and will be where? This question should be everyone’s concern.
withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq is an international affairs major event, an important reason why it is so important because the power of the United States from its previous focus on the battlefield after the withdrawal, this part of the force will be Where to invest? And its new orientation necessarily going to be a point of instability, under great pressure to the new battlefield, the battlefield of this new formation and thereafter will be the future developments within the international strategic situation longer have a greater impact.