Saturday, May 23, 2015

"The Art of Avoiding War."

"Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you" (on your terms).
See also: The Real Problem with America's Military
The history of conflict is about people trying to impose their will on each other or intimidating competitors into adopting a desired behavior or course of action by the threat (explicit or implicit) of force. Has the invention of the iPhone so fundamentally changed the nature of Man that millennia of human history have been relegated to its ash-heap? Many “defense experts” — including those with operational experience, academic pedigree or both — seem to think so. And that fanciful thinking permeates much of the current debate over the use of the military as well as thinking about the role of each service and what they contribute to national security. . .
War — a violent conflict among and between peoples—has a tenacious consistency stretching back to the origins of Man. The character of warfare evolves continuously on the edges, but its fundamental nature remains true to its immutable core. This should lead modern-day warriors to be circumspect—especially when they are considering tossing centuries of experience out the window in favor of the alluring promise of transformative, leap-ahead, game-changing, and revolutionary technological solutions.


Anonymous said...

I believe if technology was a game changer, we would have won every "WAR" from 8/45 on but, history proves otherwise, and battles are not, "wars". Technology may in fact be a game changer, if (1) you have the balls to use it to gain ground your not willing to give up the next day. Heart wins wars and this is the reason we can't win anything, for if we did, the cash cow would stop.

the Plinker said...

I suspect the only war our self-described "leaders" intend to win is the one they're waging against the American people, their liberties, and the Constitution.