Strongly recommend looking at this article, “From the First Gulf War to Islamic State: How America Was Seduced by the ‘Easy War’.”
Yet in light of repeated failures of U.S. strategy over the past decade and a half, America’s victory culture “starts to look like wishful thinking, unhealthy braggadocio, and illusory triumphalism — good for the nation’s self-esteem, perhaps, but not good for handling reality.” The United States naively divorces military force from the violent, complicated nature of conflict — effectively sweeping away the human costs and fog of war. But there is nothing easy or neat about wars. This is a fact — indisputable, unchangeable, and wholly unforgiving. Victory is a fickle mistress, here for [a] moment and gone the next. Thus, if the United States continues to be enamored by the myth of the easy war, the country will only fuel its cycle of feckless wars, devoid of any connection to reality. The myth of the easy war only promises more Iraqs, more Afghanistans, more Libyas, more Syrias.
Wars are messy, unpredictable, bloody affairs. To forget this fundamental fact is to concede success before the first shot.
He’s pretty much right, you know.
Lots of good points in there, worth book-marking and keeping on hand.