Brief quote from Clausewitz? Check. Is it evocative yet too brief and unconnected to be useful? Of course.
Quotes from Rumsfeld without a better understanding of the changing nature of war against a thinking enemy (first quote), complete miscontextualization of a quote initially talking about Navy force structure as something else entirely (second quote), and an advocative position du jour that is contested among different players right now (third quote)? Check.
Finish with a recommendation that Rumsfeld read a book, without explaining that the authors were hired by Rumsfeld and get to influence Runsfeld with their ideas regularly; without explaining why, without discussing how much of this “read the book” is important now vice twenty years from now when today’s acquisitions begin to come on line; without describing the balance needed between one type of warfare and another type of warfare, given that both types will be on our list of things for which to prepare? Check.
Is this what passes for thoughtful critique these days?
Here’s a challenge. Do the same thing for the end of 2007 and then see if your critique is useful then.
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