Forgetting Phase IV All Over Again in Iraq
There is a saying in the militaries of the world: amateurs talk about tactics, professionals talk about logistics. This can be extended to planning for war: beware of anyone who beats their sword against their shield and tells you how easy it will be to defeat the foe, but won’t tell you how long, hard, and expensive it will be, in blood and treasure, to win the peace.
Captain Anthony Cowden, USN, is a Joint Qualified Officer on the Military Faculty at the Naval War College and is the author of The Naval Institute Almanac of the U.S. Navy. This article reflects his views alone and not those of the Naval War College or the U.S. Navy.
Image: Soldiers in Iraq, 2007. US Army photo, public domain.