This provocative book seeks to answer a most crucialand embarrassingquestion concerning the U.S. military: why the United States is so often stymied in military confrontations with seemingly weaker opponents, despite its "superpower" status.
Interviews and data drawn from the author's personal experiences as a U.S. Army officer
Six case study chapters on U.S. conflicts where military superiority alone was not the decisive factor in the outcome (the Philippines, World War II, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Afghanistan)
About the Author
John A. Gentry, PhD, is adjunct associate professor with the Security Studies Program of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 The Philippine War of 1899-1902 23
3 The Allied Bomber Offensive against Germany (1943-1945) 43
4 The United States in Vietnam (1961-1975) 68
5 NATO's War against Yugoslavia (1999) 110
6 The U.S. War in Iraq (2003-2011) 138
7 The U.S. War in Afghanistan (2001-?) 174
8 Summary and Conclusions 195