1. Inept Enemies Offer Unclear Lessons
Since the end of the Cold War, America has faced weak, incompetent adversaries.
— Noriega (1990)
— Saddam (1991)
— Milosevic (1999)
— Taliban (2001)
In OIF, Saddam’s forces didn’t seem to have learned much from Desert Storm.
— Failed to preempt allied buildup in Kuwait
— Failed to exploit absence of northern front
— Failed to ignite oilfields
— Failed to interdict extended supply lines
— Failed to blow up dams & bridges
— Failed to leverage urban defenses
— Failed to employ WMD
How much can be learned from fighting such fools?
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