Five decades and five major military operations after becoming the "pre-imminent" power among the world's nations, the United States has experienced great loss and gained little from conflict. With the world's largest military and defense budget, you would more than likely come to the rational and intelligible conclusion that we should have easily swept away our enemies and lost few casualties, if any. But that’s not really how things turned out. We have lost an estimated 105,000 brave and loyal sons because of cowardice and weakness on part of the political leaders who are unable to do all that is necessary to achieve a permanent victory, maintain full-spectrum dominance, and keep the villains of this world at bay.