Lessons of 20 Years of War

A U.S. Army soldier with Third Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, shields himself from the dust as Blackhawk helicopters take off from Salman Pak, south of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
America is ill prepared for the dangers of the 21st century.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n his “Iron Curtain” speech after World War II, Winston Churchill remarked:

There never was a war in all history easier to prevent by timely action than the one which has just desolated such great areas of the globe. It could have been prevented in my belief without the firing of a single shot, and Germany might be powerful, prosperous and honoured to-day; but no one would listen and one by one we were all sucked into the awful whirlpool. We surely must not let that happen again.

In these words, Churchill captures several of the most important lessons of that war,

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.

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