Why Can't the World's Best Military Win Its Wars?
“Americans need to rethink war and look honestly at ourselves and our friends.”
“Nine-tenths of the way to the year 2020, U.S. soldiers, with all of their firepower and technology, have not achieved anything close to total dominance on the battlefields where they have been engaged.”
“… after Vietnam you’d think military professionals and the rest of us wouldn’t have gone on as long as we did in subsequent conflicts without realizing that America’s very idea of war in these last decades needs reexamination and so do the stories U.S. commanders keep telling themselves, their superiors, and the rest of us about our accomplishments and our allies’ capabilities.”
The Soldier’s Tale — “There are always young men and women ardent for glory, seduced by the power to inflict violence and naive enough to die for the merchants of death.” (includes an explanation of Pat Tillman’s death)