The Past and Future of Iraq
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Since the 1950s, the Marine Corps has played an increasing role in the national strategy of preserving peace as part of nation-building operations. While these operations have ranged from expeditionary forces conducting security for local U.S. embassies to peace making and peace keeping operations, the Marine Corps currently faces its largest deployment as peace makerspeace keepers since the American presence in 1980s Beirut, Lebanon. In that operation, 241 Marines died in a terrorist bombing of the Marine Amphibious Unit headquarters due to a failure to understand the culture in which they were operating. While not completely analogous, Lebanon provides many useful lessons for todays Marines in Iraq. Therefore, to deal with the Iraqi insurgency, the USMC must understand Iraqi cultural influences, recognize local power bases, and maintain a balanced position of strength, compassion, and equality.
- Sociology and Law
- Unconventional Warfare