chapter  15
America in Peril: Fourth generation warfare in the twenty-first century
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After the brilliant rapid-paced, low-cost, maneuver warfare demonstration that was the march up the Euphrates to Baghdad, the American military stalled-out. And we have been mired in situ for over three years in what is euphemistically called “stability operations.” Moreover, it looks like this is going to be a long war for America.1 This was not how it was supposed to be when we sliced into the country to depose a dictator who had:

• dissipated his country’s great wealth in two wars; • killed tens of thousands of Sh’ite Iraqi citizens after the 1991 Gulf War; • killed thousands of Kurdish Iraqi citizens with gas; • instituted a brutal dictatorship with none of the respect for human rights

accorded even by other governments in the area, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.