Bacevich asks the question, “Where is the strategy?”
A nation priding itself on having the world’s greatest military – and we do – unquestionably have the world’s greatest military – has misused its military power on an epic scale. It’s not simply that we have not prevailed, although obviously we have not prevailed, rather it is that through a combination of naivete, short-sightedness, and hubris we have actually made matters worse. (10:17)
At 6:17 he asks the critical questions:
Does the war make sense?
Is it winnable?
If it’s not winnable, why are we there?
Does no alternative exist to pressing on with a policy that shows no sign of success?
Wow, those are great questions. He was asking them about Vietnam.
What to do about ISIS is a non-trivial question, he says. It’s a worthy question. But the four questions above all apply, also.
Money Shot: If the American Way Of Life depends on access to plentiful reserves of oil, then defending Canada and Venezuela should take precedence over defending Saudi Arabia and Iraq. (19:28)
If that’s not enough for you, his analysis here, of what happened in Gulf War I and II is amazingly perceptive: (29:50 on)
It’s so clear.