Clear and Fold

Kaplan, Lawrence F.
December 2005
New Republic;12/19/2005, Vol. 233 Issue 25, p12
This article focuses on the lack of strategy demonstrated by the U.S. military in Iraq. The U.S. has won every battle in Iraq, but if operations do nothing to further a strategic goal, an army can win every battle and still lose the war. This was the lesson from the Vietnam war worth learning, the author claims. The problem with the Army's approach to Iraq has been confusion regarding the utility of force as an instrument of counterinsurgency. Defeating an insurgency runs through the population.


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