That's a message that Andrew Bacevich has been preaching for a while. While we may have the strongest and best military in the world, we have not won a war since WWII. Yet, there is very little talk about the recurring shortcomings of our military leadership. And we've had a lot of generals; 11 in Afghanistan and 9 in Iraq. Maybe it's time to cut our losses.
Bacevich has some comments about the 21st century view of war. "War empowers Washington. It centralizes. It provides a rationale for federal authorities to accumulate and exercise new powers. It makes government bigger and more intrusive. It lubricates the machinery of waste, fraud, and abuse that causes tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to vanish every year. When it comes to sustaining the swamp, nothing works better than war."