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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    Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    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.
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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.
    Well. someone justified each of them.
    Recently, I'd say Afghanistan was justified but not Iraq. Bush senior's excellent adventure in Iraq was barely justifiable, if you can get past the whole feudal-despotism-in-Kuwait thing.
    Grenada? Laughable.
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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.
    Each one had to have a justification, making them all justifiable.
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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.
    I'd say any war when the US was attacked, a war declared on the US or an US ally, or which had UN backing was justified.

    Generally speaking, I think wars of defense and cases of collective security actions are justified.

    I know too few on the Spanish-American war to say much about that, but I think WW1 & 2 were justified (Germany/Japan declared war on the US and/or directly attacked the US). Korea was justified, because South Korea was a US ally and under attack. Gulf War and Afghanistan had UN backing.

    That doesn't mean anything goes in a war; of course, the US too must abide to war law and not commit war crimes. The US clearly failed in these regards in case of Vietnam, but some questionable actions were taken in Iraq too.

    When war crimes are committed by US soldiers without being ordered, they must be prosecuted; so must officers or government officials giving the orders for war crimes.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Well. someone justified each of them.
    Recently, I'd say Afghanistan was justified but not Iraq. Bush senior's excellent adventure in Iraq was barely justifiable, if you can get past the whole feudal-despotism-in-Kuwait thing.
    Grenada? Laughable.
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    I voted for Afghanistan, Gulf War, WWI and WWII, and the Union. Least justifiable of those I voted for would either be WWI or Gulf War, except that we were coming to the aid of allies. Korea is almost justifiable except for that it was really a civil war that didn't really affect us, provoking China was stupid, and the whole policy of containment was BS.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    I actually meant to click the Gulf War, I messed up. Also checked Afghanistan, WWI, WWII, Korea and Union.
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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Well. someone justified each of them.
    Recently, I'd say Afghanistan was justified but not Iraq. Bush senior's excellent adventure in Iraq was barely justifiable, if you can get past the whole feudal-despotism-in-Kuwait thing.
    Grenada? Laughable.
    Bush Sr, not really a Sr, had no adventure in Iraq. He stopped our troops at the Kuwait Border as the Iraq army retreated.

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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    In on one, cant wait to hear how we let WWII start and how the Russians won it for us.

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    Re: Which US Wars Were Justifiable?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    I'd say any war when the US was attacked, a war declared on the US or an US ally, or which had UN backing was justified.

    Generally speaking, I think wars of defense and cases of collective security actions are justified.

    I know too few on the Spanish-American war to say much about that, but I think WW1 & 2 were justified (Germany/Japan declared war on the US and/or directly attacked the US). Korea was justified, because South Korea was a US ally and under attack. Gulf War and Afghanistan had UN backing.

    That doesn't mean anything goes in a war; of course, the US too must abide to war law and not commit war crimes. The US clearly failed in these regards in case of Vietnam, but some questionable actions were taken in Iraq too.

    When war crimes are committed by US soldiers without being ordered, they must be prosecuted; so must officers or government officials giving the orders for war crimes.
    I would remove war crimes committed by US forces from the equation for the purpose of this poll, because I'm more interested in whether at the time the US entered the war if there was good justification for doing so. Individuals have committed war crimes in basically every conflict.

    It would be another interesting question as to whether the results of the war justified fighting it. In which case you could argue that the Spanish American War, and for that matter the Mexican American War, were worth it in the long run because of the territory the US gained, although the reasons for starting the war were questionable.
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