In Patterns of Conflict, slide 139 the late American strategist Col. John Boyd (USAF) said that a grand strategy focused our nation’s actions — political, economic, and military — so as to:
I am getting the same sense as during the Vietnam period. It didn't end well then, and it likely won't end well this time around either. Trump ran in part to put an end this, but it is looking like he is being stymied by TPTB. Moreover, neither he nor his advisers seem to be up to the job. The US in not careening forward as it would have been had HRC prevailed, but the course has not changed substantially, only the pace.
We are doing the exact opposite of what Boyd recommended. It is quite mad, an accelerating race to ever-larger conflicts. Only a nation deep into the Victory Disease could believe that this is a rational strategy, worth the risks and likely to end well for us.
- Increase our solidarity, our internal cohesion.
- Weaken our opponents’ resolve and internal cohesion.
- Strengthen our allies’ relationships to us.
- Attract uncommitted states to our cause.
- End conflicts on favorable terms, without sowing the seeds for future conflicts.
America has the victory disease. It won’t end well for us.