Referring to such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. We send in military forces, they engage in combat — successfully the vast majority of the time — but fail to accomplish our political goals. In the process, we lose thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars.
Fabius Maximus has a new post on this subject, “Why the West loses so many wars, and how we can learn to win.” His argument is that foreign forces rarely win other people’s insurgencies. So we need to quit trying.
Another way to say this is that we’re asking our military forces to do things that military forces can’t do. Military forces forces engage with and defeat the enemy, as I was taught in ROTC many years ago. After that, what?