View Poll Results: Which US Wars Were Justifiable When the US Entered Them?

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  • Iraq War

    13 20.00%
  • Afghanistan War

    41 63.08%
  • Gulf War

    33 50.77%
  • Vietnam War

    12 18.46%
  • Korean War

    31 47.69%
  • WWII

    62 95.38%
  • WWI

    38 58.46%
  • Spanish American War

    12 18.46%
  • USCW: The South Seceding From the Union

    20 30.77%
  • USCW: The Union Invading the South

    43 66.15%
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    I think the USA wars with Serbs throughout the 90s were justifiable also. Was curious why the Op did not put it in the list.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Only poorly justified wars from the options were the Iraq War, Afghanistan War, Gulf War, and Vietnam War.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    I see that military history isn't your forte. The fact of the matter is that Bush Sr. invaded Iraq with over 140,000 troops in 1991 including the 1st and 24th infantry divisions, the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions, the 1st and 3rd Armored divisions, etc, etc... And that's just the troops under General Franks' command.
    Not yours either, it was Schwartzkopf in 1991.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    None of the above.
    That is an uncommon point of view. Are you asserting that the US should not have entered any of those conflicts (although not sure how that would apply to the Civil War, but likely you have thought that through)?

    Are there any Wars anywhere that had been justified?

    Just curious.

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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    I think the USA wars with Serbs throughout the 90s were justifiable also. Was curious why the Op did not put it in the list.
    A couple reasons:

    1. The 10 choice cap on the poll settings, otherwise I would have gone back to the Revolutionary War or French Indian War.
    2. It may be a matter of semantics, but some US Military actions are not commonly defined as wars. Panama, Grenada, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Libya, among others, are in gray areas.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Not yours either, it was Schwartzkopf in 1991.
    My history is on the mark. In Operation Desert Storm Franks commanded VII Corps, the 140,000+ troops that invaded Iraq.

    VII Corps consisted of 146,000 American and British soldiers in essentially 5 armored divisions (one was a mechanized infantry division and one was a cavalry division). This consisted of close to 1600 tanks, American and British, and 800 helicopters. Supporting this was its support command and vital logistics support command comprising over 26,000 soldiers and 15 hospitals. In total, VII Corps consumed over 2 million gallons of fuel a day. In 100 hours of rapid maneuver and combat, VII Corps fought several engagements with Iraqi forces. Under Franks' leadership, VII Corps units gained decisive victories at the Battle of Al Busayyah, the Battle of 73 Easting, the Battle of Norfolk and the Battle of Medina Ridge.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    A couple reasons:

    1. The 10 choice cap on the poll settings, otherwise I would have gone back to the Revolutionary War or French Indian War.
    2. It may be a matter of semantics, but some US Military actions are not commonly defined as wars. Panama, Grenada, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Libya, among others, are in gray areas.
    Why is it gray areas? Because it was mostly a joint operation and mostly bombing?
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    The Gulf War and the Iraq war can actually be considered different phases of the same war as US troops were never fully disengaged between the two.
    It doesn't matter that both Bush and Hussein retreated and declared victory after Safwan, the war continued.

    And I would add to that, since they were the same war they necessarily started at the same time and had the exact same justification. (Force Iraq to comply with the UNSCRs).

    Those who voted for one but not the other have some explaining to do.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    A couple reasons:

    1. The 10 choice cap on the poll settings, otherwise I would have gone back to the Revolutionary War or French Indian War.
    2. It may be a matter of semantics, but some US Military actions are not commonly defined as wars. Panama, Grenada, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Libya, among others, are in gray areas.
    Besides, the first point aside, devaluing the engagement of the the second point as "gray area" undermines the successes and liberation influenced in south Europe. Why would liberation here be less valuable, not worthy of mention, "gray area!"

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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    For the purpose of this poll, the question is, at the time the US entered into war, was it justifiable to do so, both in its time and in hindsight.
    It's worth noting that justifiable and worthwhile are two very different things. Someone may not have a moral problem with a particular war or decision to engage in action but still feel that said conflict/action was not worthwhile for a variety of different reasons.

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