Reflections on the War on Terror, a century into it.
By John F. Di Leo -
There are as many truisms in war as there are in peace. Favorites include “The generals are always fighting the last war,” “There is nothing new under the sun,” “An army marches on its stomach.”
All are true, to an extent, and can be applied to the study of any war, including the current one.
But it’s also worth considering one of the great lies of all time, always cited, rarely true: “But This Time Is Different!”
We say it to our parents when we hope for an exception at home; we say it to our bosses when we miss a deadline at work. And politicians certainly say it every time a policy fails. But is this time really, truly different? Or are we just focusing on the slightest bit of variance and stretching it, in hope of making essentially the very same thing look different enough to evade blame for indecision or error?