What to Take Away From Iraq

…I mean, seeing as how we ignored the main lessons from Vietnam. Paul Pillar’s take:

Learning from this blunder does not simply mean not using force overseas rather than using it. There may be an Iraq syndrome that echoes the Vietnam syndrome of an earlier generation, but just accepting that would be a crude response and not necessarily the best lesson. We need to reflect on the specific attributes of this experience—involving the decision to go to war at least as much as the war itself—that made it so pathological.

I agree with pretty much his entire essay.

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