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Anthony Zinni’s Hard Truths

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Anthony Zinni’s Hard Truths


Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off The Battlefield,


Tony Zinni, Tony Koltz, Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 256 pages.



On May 8, 1945, the Allies celebrated victory over the Axis powers with triumphantparades and hopeful speeches in major European and American cities. For the remainder of the century, with most of Europe and large parts of East Asia destroyed by the fighting, the United States entered a period in which it would enjoy military and economic influence over much of the globe. Yet, despite that consistent military superiority, the United States has not again celebrated the decisive end of a conflict in the manner it celebrated V-E day, 70 years ago.


Instead, the LIFE magazine images of American servicemen and women celebrating in Times Square have been replaced by the unfortunate memes of Vietnamese civilians clinging to the skids of American helicopters fleeing Saigon, and President George W. Bush’s premature declaration of “Mission Accomplished”from the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Tragically, America’s involvement in foreign conflicts since 1945 dependably circles back to the question, “How did we get here—again?” Scissors-32x32.png

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