(N)ever Again: Old Secretaries of Defense Never Die, They Just Write Bestselling Memoirs
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: "The problem isn't that no one can predict the next war. It's that so many heads in Washington go unexamined. As a result, our leaders are desperately behind the learning curve of Americans generally. Perhaps this is the moment to offer a simple future lesson for the Secretary of Defense - if not the one who will leave office in 2011 with the Afghan War still roaring along, then the next one - and here it is: it doesn't really matter whether you go in big with tanks and counterinsurgency-style nation-building on the brain or small with a counterterror-lite footprint backed by air power. The issue Gates, like his peers, still focuses on is how to go in better. The issue that needs to be focused on isn't the 'how to' but the going in."
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