“By next Memorial Day, who’s going to say that we won these two wars?” <Army lieutenant general Daniel> Bolger said in an interview Thursday.
Maturity and self-awareness includes acknowledging one’s weaknesses and shortcomings and, if desirable, to come up with plans for doing something about them or not.
IMHO, patriotism requires maturity and clarity and, as such a willingness to acknowledge our nation’s weaknesses and shortcomings.
That’s why I don’t consider it to be unAmerican to have the discussion about what our brave men and women in the military can and cannot achieve as a military. Some problems just cannot be solved at the end of a gun barrel.
“Still, late to the party or not, Bolger’s conclusions are welcome. America’s modern track record in counterinsurgencies is terrible. The track record of every developed country in counterinsurgencies is terrible. I don’t know if anyone will remember this the next time we’re thinking about fighting another one, but the more experienced voices we have reminding us of this, the better.”
– Kevin Drum, Mother Jones