One of the hardest things to do in management is not strategy, actions, or implementations … it is asking the right questions.
Recently many people have been asking tough and thoughtful questions about our role in Afghanistan. These are important questions that need to be asked.
But we should also be asking other questions about our military like:
– Are the South Koreans capable of defending themselves? If not, why not? (South Korea is a massive economic power).
– Does it make sense to have tens of thousands of American troops stationed in South Korea (which is arguably the most dangerous place in the world)?
– Could the military be modernized faster?
– Could we have smarter financial controls over military spending?
– Is it possible to win in Afghanistan before the American people tire of it?
As we ask smarter questions, we will get a much better
Another question: What does it mean to “win” in today’s wars? When you aren’t fighting a state, I think the line becomes increasingly blurry.