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Letter: Syria could become another American military failure

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Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 11:59 am | Updated: 3:17 pm, Mon Jul 1, 2013.

America hasn’t “won” a war since 1945. Korean War cost a billion dollars and didn’t change a thing. 36,574 Americans died and 103,284 were wounded. During the 1967 Israel/Arab War, 34 American Sailors were killed and 171 wounded by the Israel Air Force.

The Vietnam War cost more than a trillion dollars and the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army ended up taking over South Vietnam anyway, at a cost of 58,200 American military deaths and 303,644 wounded. In Lebanon, 241 marines were killed and 60 wounded in 1983 and Hezbollah runs Lebanon today. The Bosnian War saw a Serbian out-of-date missile battery shoot down our stealth bomber, a billion of America’s state-of-the-art technology ended up in the hands of the Russians and communist Chinese.

Our military went into Somalia to take out a local warlord and we saw on television the horrific murdering of American warriors in the “Black Hawk Down” fiasco. The Iraq War cost 4,487 American lives and 32,226 wounded and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. The Afghanistan War has cost a trillion dollars and the lives of 2,235 American military men and women, and 17,700 were wounded.

For what, none of deaths of American military or the wounded have changed these countries into upstanding democracies. The same political, ethnic and religious divisions still exist in the Korean Peninsula, Lebanon, Somalia, Israel, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that existed before America squandered its treasure and sacrificed the lives of its military men and women.

And now it looks like Syria will be the next fiasco.

Leon Ceniceros


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