United States' Grand Strategy through the Lens of Lebanon in 1983 and Iraq in 2003
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The United States failed in both Lebanon in 1982-1984 and Iraq in 2003 to achieve its political objectives. While there are many reasons for this, perhaps the greatest is that the government failed to coordinate and direct all of its resources in a unified manner to achieve its goals. This paper outlines four key indicators, present in both Lebanon and Iraq, that suggest the United States did not have a grand strategy. Further, the paper reveals that Lebanon and Iraq are not anomalies there are both historical and structural reasons why the United States struggles to implement grand strategies.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics