In Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has proven itself largely incapable of engaging in a way that leads to peaceful societies.
120128-F-SA682-088 U.S. troops walk to the Department of Public Works facility and a water distribution point to inspect a project in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 28, 2012. The troops are assigned to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. The project is set to be complete in two weeks. DoD photo by Senior Airman Sean Martin, U.S. Air Force. (Released)