What it Means to Win - A Post World War II Survey
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The thesis develops the meaning of win by enumerating the United States philosophy of win and by surveying several post World War II situations for the purpose of assessing whether the United States won or lost in each event. This thesis takes up the dialogue of win by initially discussing some of the background aspects of winning which are considered germane the literal meaning of the word the American concept of the meaning of the word and the impact that the environment, in which the word is used, has on its meaning. Next, four situations are discussed Congo, 1960-62 Laos, 1962 Cuba, 1961- 1962 and Korea, 1950-1953. Each is described with a view toward assessing whether the United States won or lost. It is recognized that the four situations are only samples of the times since World War II. They are considered unique in themselves and also are considered to be inter-related due to the thread of a policy of containment a policy which evolved over the years in response to events and circumstances. The paper concludes that the meaning of win is to achieve the stated objectives.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics