Please, please, please, please tell me what our "leaders" have gotten right concerning wars in the last 40 years.
Do you mean actual wars, or events in which the US military was utilized? Those are not necessarily the same thing. And in many cases the decision to use the military was correct, even if the use wasn't handled well. And why stop at 40 years?
We really have only fought three wars in the last 40 years. Two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Got the first Iraq war right, got the second one wrong, although it might work out ok in the long run. Afghanistan, we had no choice to go in. Hard to see how it will work out in the long run, but the decision to go in was definitely the right one.
As far as using the US military when not involved in a war, there are several successful or correct decisions. Grenada and the Reagan attacks on Libya come to mind. Bush sr going into Somalia to protect UN workers from attacks was the right move, even if it eventually went south. Recently the US Navy anti pirate patrols off of Somalia, and using the US Navy to escort tankers in the 80's as they moved thru the straits of Hormuz. And I am sure I am forgetting some smaller scale successful operations.
Edited by Davidson Deac II, 22 March 2011 - 08:00 PM.