MVH: Winning Battles, Losing Wars

Strategy and Wars of Choice: “Why, then, does the use of American military forces not guarantee sure victory?” 

…”an inability to articulate our strategic objectives—what exactly do wish to see follow from our use of force and for how long and at what cost?”

“…there is an even greater restraint to operations—a moral, if not smug, self-restraint that has turned fighting from a quest for victory into a matter of jurisprudence in which how we fight a war is more important than what we actually achieve.”

“…since World War II, all our serial fighting in Asia, Central America, the Pacific, and Africa has involved optional wars—fighting that did not question the very existence of the U.S.”

“…We should posit one simple rule about intervening in the Middle East from now on…we intervene for strategic advantage (no apologies for that), not humanitarianism.”


About The Jade(d) Warrior

Decades of walking the path of the warrior in service to noble ideals leaves one, well...jaded.
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