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Time to Change America's Paper Tiger Foreign/Military Policy

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Submitted by Ron Kurtz (United States), Jul 24, 2007 at 15:12

Why would Victor Davis Hanson say our departure from Iraq would be our first -ever battle field flight?

Since WWII we have effectively been forced out of conventional land based battle fields in Korea, Viet Nam, Lebanon, and Somalia. These "defeats" have all reinforced our image as a "paper tiger" despite our military and economic superiority,

The American public, understandably, has grown increasingly intolerant of the loss of life and limb of our military. We have lost on these battle fields because we have allowed our adversaries to define the rules of engagement in a way that exploits our weaknesses and capitalizes on their advantages.

We don't need more ground forces as most presidential candidates now advocate. We need a whole new strategy that recognizes the limitations on the use of our human resources and emphasizes the use of our naval , air, economic, and covert superiority. Until we define this new strategy, and tell the rest of the world what we plan to do, we will continue to be frustrated by our role as a "paper tiger".

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