One-Page U.S. Wars

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American War Summed up in One-Sentence

American Revolution: The Colonials hated King George and his taxes on tea, so they fought to be ruled by President George instead.

Whiskey Rebellion: Americans hated President George and his taxes on whiskey, but Washington won a bloodless victory and kept his tax.

Quasi-War: America didn’t want to pay debts owed to France, so France started stealing ships; America recreated its Navy,
and everybody fought until they realized the war was costing everyone more money than anyone was making in profit.

Barbary Wars: Americans fought two wars to navigate the waters north of Africa freely, losing the first and winning the second.

War of 1812: Mad about the British restricting American trade and capturing US sailors, America declared war, lost much of her merchant fleet, watched the White House burn down, and then got what they wanted in the peace treaty anyway.

Mexican-American War: President Polk wanted to double the size of the country,
so he picked a fight with Mexico and captured land from Texas to the Pacific.

Indian Wars: The Native owned land the settlers wanted, so brief skirmishes led to full wars where Federal troops used biological warfare, and everything ended badly for the Native Americans.

Civil War: The South wanted to keep its slaves and leave the union; the North objected and eventually won the war.

Spanish-American War: A battleship blew up in Havana, and a pissed-off America invaded Spanish territory in Cuba and won itself a small overseas empire.

Philippine-American War: The Philippines were violently opposed to becoming an American territory, and America eventually eliminated their resistance.

Border War: A Mexican revolution kept spilling over into America, so Gen. Pershing chased Pancho Villa, and the US garrisoned troops along the border.

World War I: After European nations fought each other for three years, America showed up, killed the survivors, and declared itself the champion of the world.

World War II: The Allies used American manufacturing, British technology, and Russian numbers to defeat the fascists, and America began the nuclear age by
obliterating two cities with atomic bombs.

Korean War: A communist government backed by the Soviet Union and China fought a democratic government backed by the US and others in clashes up and down the peninsula for over three years before settling on a border in roughly the same spot as when the war began.

Dominican Civil WarAmerica intervened in a civil war in a country that it had been involved in for nearly 50 years.

Vietnam War: Vietnamese armed resistance to French rule turned into a proxy war of America versus China and Russia that some Americans still don’t admit they lost despite Vietnam now being a single communist state.

Grenada: America jumped into another country’s civil war and declared itself the winner, maybe or maybe not saving the lives of some American medical students studying there.

Panama: Panama’s civil war threatened American forces and the Panama canal, so, after a Marine lieutenant was killed, America invaded, dismantled the ruling government and capturing the dictator in under three weeks.

Gulf War: An anti-American, oil-rich dictator invaded the land of a pro-American, oil-rich monarch, so America led a massive assault air assault followed by a ground invasion that destroyed the world’s fourth-largest army in 100 hours.

Somali Civil War: America joined a peacekeeping force to try to curb clan warfare but left amid mounting casualties.

Bosnian Civil War: America joined a peacekeeping force that successfully curbed ethnic fighting in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kosovo War: America joins an ultimately successful peacekeeping effort aimed at reducing ethnic fighting in Kosovo and demilitarizing a terrorist group in the country.

War on Terror After suffering the worst terror attack in its history, America declared war on terrorism and has been fighting ever since, most prominently in Iraq and Afghanistan but also in smaller conflicts throughout Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia