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Zero-Sum Victory: What We're Getting Wrong About War

Christopher D. Kolenda


Why have the major post-9/11 US military interventions turned into quagmires? Despite huge power imbalances in the United States' favor, significant capacity-building efforts, and repeated tactical victories by what many observers call the world's best military, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq turned intractable. The US government's fixation on zero-sum, decisive victory in these conflicts is a key reason why military operations to overthrow two developing-world regimes failed to successfully achieve favorable and durable outcomes. In Zero-Sum Victory, retired US Army colonel Christopher D. K ... More

Keywords: counterinsurgency, iraq war, afghanistan war, war termination, operation enduring freedom, global war on terrorism, vietnam war, us military policy, us military history, irregular war

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780813152769
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813152769.001.0001


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Christopher D. Kolenda, author

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