Fourth-generation warfare and its trends loom beyond current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. How will we deal with them?
As Americans continue to fight in Iraq, the question persists whether the nation has yet identified the right strategy for the war. Lost in the discussion is a greater issue, which is not an Iraq plan or lack thereof. Success in Iraq is not an end in itself. As the inauguration of a new administration approaches, the nation should weigh the implications of its Iraq policy. What does winning, an objective that remains undefined, or any other outcome mean for our larger interests, not only in the Middle East, but globally?