As every member of the armed forces learns, unity of command is absolutely vital to the success of any military organization. No ship can operate with two captains; no battalion can fight under more than one commander. The same iron law applies well beyond the military.
Yet this most basic of principles concerning who is in charge appears missing in action in Iraq, Afghanistan, and against Jihadist extremism. Can anything be done to fix this situation?
Clearly, Iraq and Afghanistan will be won or lost for reasons that go beyond military action. Success mandates political solutions. Military force can achieve many things, but it can never resolve basic issues of politics, power, authority, and the relationships between the governed and those who govern.