Some wars are a choice, while others are a necessity. You should decide whether you are doing the right thing before going to war. America has fought a number of wars that many people now feel that weren’t a good choice. Here are three wars that America shouldn’t have fought.
The Black Hills War
For more than hundred years, the U.S. government was at continuous warfare against the Native American tribes that lived on the Western frontier. In 1876, The Black Hills War came because of white settler encroachment on lands that were allocated to the Cheyenne and Lakota Sioux. The U.S government couldn’t restrict white migration into the Black Hills. It was one of the serious U.S. military defeats of the Indian Wars.
The Great War
This war broke out in Europe in August 1914. The American policymakers saw that it as a European affair. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson promised to stay out of the war. But German submarines and ill-advise from German foreign service got Mexico’s support and changed the President’s decision. The war took place for 18 months and about 116,000 Americans died. Scholars still debate whether the U.S. intervention was necessary for this debate or not.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 to end the regime of Saddam Hussein. It wanted to establish a democratic state and prevent the distribution of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist networks. They won the war against Iraqi military forces, but couldn’t establish order in the country. In 2007, the United States withdrew most military forces.
Avoiding bad wars is a sign of good leadership. Countries should stay away from unnecessary wars. It is not worth losing so many lives in a war that is not necessary.