American War Generals is the story of how the ArmyGÇÖs withdrawal from Vietnam shaped AmericaGÇÖs future wars and the generals who fought them. GÇ£We think if we go to war we automatically win,GÇ¥ General Stanley McChrystal tells us. I realized in the summer of 2005 that we were in a very difficult fight in Iraq and there was every possibility we could lose.GÇ¥ In this two hour special, AmericaGÇÖs leading combat generals talk about how they spent their careers training to fight a conventional enemy like the Soviet Union, with tanks, clear frontlines and an enemy in uniform, but then found themselves bogged down fighting guerilla wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 GÇô the very type of war the Army hoped it would never again fight after Vietnam.
National Geographic: American War Generals
An unprecedented look at 50 years of military history