Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mirages of War: Six Illusions From our Recent Conflicts


More than 15 years of continuous combat has profoundly shaped the ways in which the U.S. military thinks about war. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have deeply colored the ways in which those who have served there now think about the very character of war — especially among the Army, Marine, and special operations forces that have borne the brunt of the fighting. Combat experience is invaluable for leaders who are responsible for fighting wars and advising policymakers on the use of force. But it also produces subconscious biases and blind spots, which may prevent them from thinking clearly and creatively about the types of wars they will fight in the future.


  1. I love how the author starts with a lie "the us has been at war for more than 15 years" Well yeh that's somewhat true. The US has been at war for more that 15 years. A lot more. The US has had combat troops in continuous conflict with other nations big and small since 1896. There has not been a single president who has not made war outside the US for OVER 120 years. And this federal military officer wants to sell me the idea that another world war is inevitable and we need to ramp up for the day........and the federals can't figure out why no one trusts them.---Ray

    1. and the federals can't figure out why no one trusts them