America’s Victories : Why The U.S.Wins Wars And Will Win The War On Terror by Larry Schweikart
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From the Revolutionary War to the present, the American military has consistently triumphed against all odds. It is not mere chance or luck that has led to these victories.
Currently, America’s armed services are facing criticism and attack from various sources. The Iraq war is frequently portrayed as a quagmire, the army is labeled as “broken,” and our brave men and women in uniform are unjustly accused of being torturers.
However, by solely viewing everything through the distorted lens of Vietnam, critics have lost sight of the true military record of our country. They fail to acknowledge the factors that have contributed to our consistent success, even in circumstances more dire than the situation in Iraq.
In his book, “America’s Victories,” Professor Larry Schweikart sets out to restore the truth about our military heritage. Much like his previous acclaimed work, “A Patriot’s History of the United States,” Professor Schweikart cuts through the distortions propagated by academia and the media.
Far from being a cruel and bloodthirsty nation seeking to acquire other people’s resources, American troops prioritize the sanctity of life more than any other military culture in history. This core characteristic has not only resulted in more humane treatment of prisoners but has also led to daring POW rescues and more successful operations than any other comparable power.
“America’s Victories” elucidates how this culture of triumph has persevered through the darkest moments of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and how it has consistently silenced its critics. From the Battle of New Orleans under Andrew Jackson to the war in Afghanistan under Tommy Franks, our troops have proven their detractors wrong time and time again.
America’s Exceptional History: Patriots, Founders, and Progressivism
In a recent interview, author Larry Schweikert explains why he chose to use the term “patriots history” in his books. He wanted to counter Howard Zinn’s “People’s History” and present a history that all patriots can relate to and appreciate. Patriots, according to Schweikert, are people who love America and want to see it improve while standing by it, faults and all.
When asked about who isn’t a patriot, Schweikert gives the example of someone who claims to love their spouse but doesn’t show it through their words or actions. Similarly, someone who criticizes America but still claims to love it may not be considered a patriot.
In his book “A Patriots History of the Modern World,” Schweikert argues that America is an exceptional nation due to four factors. First, the country follows common law, which allows the law to be rooted in the hearts of the people. Second, it has a Christian religious tradition, mainly Protestantism. Third, it recognizes and protects private property rights with titles and deeds. Lastly, it operates under a free market system.
In his book “What Would the Founders Say,” Schweikert explores the idea of government’s role in protecting land and private property. While he believes the government has a limited role in this, he cites Thomas Jefferson’s view that land should be in the hands of individuals, not the government. Jefferson advocated for the distribution of land to as many people as possible.
Schweikert also discusses the issue of money supply and the government’s involvement in it. He recalls a debate he had with economist Milton Friedman, where he argued that competitive money would lead to a more stable economy based on American history.
Regarding religion, the Founding Fathers believed in religious freedom and that the government should neither establish nor prevent the worship of any particular religion. While they did not officially declare America a Christian nation, most of the Founders were Christians themselves and shaped the government in light of their Christian beliefs.
Schweikert emphasizes that the Founding Fathers were advocates of small government, fearing its potential for abuse. They incorporated numerous checks and balances into the system to ensure government acted slowly and deliberatively.
His book “Patriots History of the Modern World: 1898-1945” explores the theme of progressive versus constitutionalism. This fight originated in the late 1800s with the Populist Party and continues to this day, although Schweikert does not elaborate on the current state of affairs.