Longest American War in History
If you are a history buff, you probably have in mind that the longest war in American history is the Vietnam War in 1964. But as of June 7th, 2010, the longest battle was changed to a different combat. This is still in debate on which battle is actually considered the longest. With the intensive research done, several articles from various websites have said this particular American war.
I bet your curiosity is pretty high as of the moment, especially if you always thought the Vietnam War was the longest American battle in history. But now, find out what many are saying as the Longest American War in history.
First things first, what exactly is that combat in history that lasted the longest?
Surprisingly, it is the battle present in our day in age today, the battle in Afghanistan. Although this battle is not talked about too much, it is still a very well-known battle in our day and age. The Vietnam War’s length can be measured in several ways. The U.S. started its involvement in August 7th, 1964. This is when the Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution which gave the president at the time the virtual carte blanche to wage battle. The last U.S. ground combat troops were then withdrawn in March 1973 and it lasted 103 months. The war in Afghanistan started their attack on October 7th, 2001 and is still going on today.
If you aren’t too familiar with how this battle started, this article will give you a brief summary. On September 11th, 2001, where the 911 attacks went on, the current President during that time, President Bush, called those attacks, “…more than just ‘acts of terror’ but ‘acts of war’…” With the threats and debates going on about who really was in charge of the attacks, the government of the U.S. then launched military operations in Afghanistan and this was on October 7th, 2001.
By November of that year, Kabul fell and the entire nation’s attention went back to the battle in Iraq. On June 7th 2010, it completed its 105th month in battle and since it is still going on during present day, it’s been much longer.
This war, although still in debate with the Vietnam War is considered by many writers and political officials as the Longest American War in History. Critics have been comparing it to the Vietnam War until now. It is a battle that has consumed around $57 billion in its development aid and the US military has spent a whopping $517 billion or more in trying to secure the United States of America. Even if it hasn’t been brought up a lot during the past 3-5 years or so, it still hits every American’s heart when brought up because of the pain that it has given to many families and friends of the individuals lost in the 911 incident and in the battle itself. But, President Obama quoted that he is willing “to take ideas from anybody” in terms of the war. Also, “…how we’re going to wind down the war in Afghanistan.”