Don’t Blame the Generals for the Strategic Shortcomings of America’s Forever Wars

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
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After almost 18 years of conflict against an array of extremist groups, all in the name of fighting terrorism, Americans have grown frustrated. While al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other groups in the vast network of transnational jihadism have been pummeled by the U.S. military, they continue to regenerate and spread. When weakened in one place, this network shifts to another. America’s partners in this conflict have grown stronger, but they still show no sign of being able to manage the threat of extremism without extensive help. Among the American people, patience is running out. Their frustration has led to […]

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