Thought provoking article on U.S. military outcomes since WWII. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as well. What does it mean to “win” in the modern era of limited warfare?
One of the more interesting points – who has more skin in the game?:
America’s material strength has another curse. For a global hegemon like the United States, each war is just one of many competing security commitments around the world. For the enemy, however, the conflict is a life-and-death contest that occupies its entire attention. It’s limited war for Americans, and total war for those fighting Americans. The United States has more power; its foes have more willpower.