your assessment is regarding Iraq today.
I don't believe that this statement is entirely correct, however.
>>>Major miscalculation by CIA and other security forces over what the rest of the world would consider acceptable or humane, or just tolerable treatment of POW's even if they were terrorists.>>>
Except for a few bleeding hearts, the majority of the people hollering the loudest have been Muslim/Islam sympathizers who are actually in support of the terrorists. AND a multitude of extremely irresponsible news reports (papers, tv, and radio) giving out false information throughout the world that was the direct result of riots and killings among other reactions.
says is not just anti-American, but non-American as well.
Revolutionary War: a hard won victory creating not just a new country, but a new, important and more complete form of democracy whose influence governed the next 150 years.
War of 1812 : draw, (it says so in the West Point history website) let's not re-fight this.
Creek Indian War : an easy victory
American expansionism and the attrition and marginalization of the native population, not pretty in hind sight, but not considered a transgression by any outside government at the time, a characteristic of its time.
Texas Rebellion against Mexico: Not an American War per se but they won with much American assistance. You might with justification call the Americans involved in the Rebellion "insurgents", but not, in the Iraq War 2 sense, terrorists.
War Between the States: a tragedy won by the North.
Spanish American War : a fairly easy victory in a world wide conflict (from Cuba and Puerto Rico westward to the Philippines)
World War 1 : late entry, on the winning side, US entry probably reduced casualties on both sides by convincing the Germans that they would inevitably lose. (There is a question of whether the pandemic of 1918 would have spread as far and wide without the US Expeditionary Force being shipped over to France. The first known cases of "Spanish" Flu occurred at Camp Funston, in Kansas in 1917.)
War by the Marines in Nicaragua : ?1927-33? won. small American force, tough victory. Gunboat Diplomacy at its worst as was the ongoing conflict in the Philippines, but again, this was not against the prevailing diplomatic ethos and so is not exceptionable.
World War 2 : late entry, the US was the primary source of arms and materiel for all Allied combattants including Russia, plus US decisive armored strike across France and into Germany. A number of decisive campaigns in the South Pacific. Not to be hard on either Canada or Britain, or on the Soviet Union, but the US contribution was decisive. The Soviets might eventually have prevailed in a conflict twice as long and with the death toll probably twice what it was and all Europe as a Soviet satellite. The Atom Bomb was not a decisive part of WW2.
Korean War. draw, but saving a loss, cease fire line almost the same as the pre-war boundary. Probably reduced Soviet adventurism probably taught the Communist Chinese to spend much more time arming and training thus reducing Chinese Communist adventurism. Under UN colors.
Dominican Republic 1964 : easy victory over a legally elected government. Not in my opinion the US finest hour.
Viet Nam : negotiated withdrawal owing more to the seemingly inexhaustible desire of the North Vietnamese to spend their country's lives and unrest at home in the USA than to any American military failure. My personal opinion is an American win would have left about 1/4 of the country inhabitable, and probably less than that proportion alive. An expensive non-decision. I see little clear evidence of the exit of American troops causing any further collapse of governments in SE Asia. I think the Khmer Rouge regime were already a nascent disaster which a continued US presence would not have changed.
Unclear involvement in the military coup against a legally elected government in Chile, leading to the Pinochet Dictatorship and much loss of life. Again, not an attractive piece of US foreign policy. You want to call it a victory?
Granada : a victory against few forces.
Panama : a victory against 1 man.
Gulf War 1 : Under UN aegis. Brilliantly executed military campaign against Saddam's forces, shame it didn't include Saddam. A victory with a bitter after taste, though probably an unavoidable situation. Remove Saddam and then leave, you have inevitable civil war, the Sunnis after the Shiites after the Kurds.
War in Afghanistan : So far so good. Stable government not quite certain but much improvement over the Taliban and a pretty clear victory over the majority of hearts and minds.
Gulf War 2 : well conducted military campaigns marred by the difficulty of controlling the borders and keeping insurgents and the terrorists out and possibly insufficient planning and intel to indicate that this would be a major problem. Major miscalculation by CIA and other security forces over what the rest of the world would consider acceptable or humane, or just tolerable treatment of POW's even if they were terrorists. Unless US domestic political foolishness intervenes causing an early withdrawal, a clear victory for the US, and a worthwhile one if they can assure a stable government, and withdraw in their entirety, or after having negotiated a "bases agreement" with the subsequent Iraqi government that the Iraqi people will tolerate and accept. Otherwise it could just end up as an excuse for more terrorism.