In ‘Anatomy of Victory’, John Caldwell does a remarkable job of trying to unpack why the United States triumphed in World War II, fought to a stalemate in Korea, lost in Vietnam, and failed in Iraq. Wouldn’t we all like to know? For all the resources expended in blood and treasure, Americans should demand a much better ‘strategic architecture’ before we deploy our precious young warriors to battle. He explains what that simple precept really means and provides chapter and verse as to how, for example, in Vietnam the overwhelming force we brought to the conflict still was not sufficient to overcome a lack of a clear vision for what we considered our mission there and what would follow a military victory.
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