No Winners in War

I Call Bullshit!

Robyn Sinead Sheppard
4 min readAug 27, 2023

I came across a post today that said something to the effect that “There are no winners in war.” And while this is indeed a noble sentiment, I found it to be quite naive. Let’s take a closer look, and I’ll list some of my reasons for saying it’s naive.

If there are no winners in war, how did former US Vice President Dick Chaney’s company — Halliburton — manage to make close to $40 billion from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?

I can’t recall the amount off the top of my head, so can someone please remind me how much profit the former Blackwater company made?

And speaking of Blackwater, if nobody wins, why do we occasionally (although not yet in this century) put corporations on trial for war profiteering?

Look at Rome’s victory over Carthage, or that of Sparta over Athens. A Macedonian warlord by the name of Iskandar succeeded via war in conquering the entire known world of his day — and he did it before he was 30 years old. Never heard of him? Would it help if you knew we translate his name as Alexander, and usually put “the Great” at the end of it?

Even closer to home, we took possession of the Philippine Islands as a result of the Spanish-American War. The Mexican-American War got us ownership of Texas, which in turn led in part to the American Civil War.



Robyn Sinead Sheppard

A happily retired technical writer, I write in order to understand what I'm thinking.