Strategic Amnesia and ISIS

Image: Artillery being deployed by helicopter. US Army photo—public domain.

Forgetting history's hard lessons in Iraq.

Issue: May-June 2016

MARK TWAIN observed, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The study of military history teaches us valuable lessons that are applicable to today’s most intractable strategic problems; yet, these lessons are underappreciated in current American strategy formulation. Throughout the history of American armed conflict, the United States has discerned, at great cost, four critical lessons applicable to containing and combating the Islamic State.

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