Small Wars Journal

General Failure

General Failure by Thomas E. Ricks, "The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today" book excerpt at The Atlantic.

Looking back on the troubled wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many observers are content to lay blame on the Bush administration. But inept leadership by American generals was also responsible for the failure of those wars. A culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army’s leadership rank—if it is not uprooted, the country’s next war is unlikely to unfold any better than the last two...