01/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

In Afghanistan, Fighting The Last War

One of the toughest criticisms leveled at our military leadership, commander-and-chief on down, is that we are always fighting the last war. I believe the critics, and I can see why this mindset is tempting. We all want to learn from our mistakes and replicate our successes. Unfortunately, modern warfare is so complex, often without clearly defined enemies or goals, that adapting a solution that worked in one conflict to another is often fruitless.

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