Here’s an interesting article on how America is losing The War on Terror and why.
I’ve noted many times that 9/11 was meant to provoke just the response it did, with just the results it did. Among those results was the rise of ISIS. To me the War on Terror epitomizes one of the major shortcomings of Western strategy. They have no strategy other than ‘winning’.
They’ve forgotten Sun Tzu.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
We never knew our foes. As Ferguson demonstrated we don’t really know ourselves. Is it any surprise we’re so helpless, despite our power, to obtain victory in this war?