The Worship of Incompetence | Clarissa’s Blog
Sorry I can’t comment directly on the issue.
Mike was telling me yesterday that a three-star general had been speaking in the manner of a normal guy, with a normal portion of common sense, saying that the US entry into Afghanistan and Iraq was doomed by the fact that Americans could not speak these Middle-Eastern languages. Mike noted that even though bin Laden was only a business manager, he was able to play the US state like a charm by drawing them in, so that they would have to deal with a situation they could not understand, which would lead to the creation of many more jihadis.
It’s nice when a three-star general can speak, many years afterwards, in the manner of an oridinary guy imbued with common-sense.
Add a bit of political and/or strategic thinking to this mix and I swear you are onto a winner!