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The ways in which the United States has conducted its military operations since becoming an independent nation has largely depended upon the overall political and military objectives of each individual conflict. The United States first three hot wars after the end of World War II display the marked difference in US objectives and the operations used to achieve them better than any other modern wars in which American troops participated.
By and large the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War had virtually no similarities, particularly in the ways in which each was fought. These differences lay largely in the technology available at the time of each conflict as well as the over all world situation in which they occurred. If any distinct similarity can be found in the types of military operations in which the United States engaged it occurs in the scope of the actions that each of the initial presidents took in determining how large of a war would be fought. In all three cases, at least in the initial phases, combat was deliberately limited, fought for the purpose of maintain…