Sun Tzu and Machiavelli in Syria: Attacking Alliances
Joint Special Operations University MacDill AFB United States
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For the past four years the United States has struggled to come to grips with the increasingly complex conflict in Syria. Much of this malaise is a result of strategic deficiency at the executive level. However, the problem goes far deeper than a transient administration. The real issue lies within our strategic culture and our inability to break from the standard Western Liberal Democratic naivet when operating at the political level in the international arena. In essence, we are our own worst enemy when it comes to strategic proficiency. We have the talent, and we have the guidance of past masters, but we lack the understanding and willingness to follow the wisdom of the past to inform our actions in the present.