Ralph Peters, brilliant as always, debunks 12 myths of 21st Century warfare. It's succinct, and powerfully true.
Myth No. 1: War doesn't change anything.
...Certainly, not all of the changes warfare has wrought through the centuries have been positive. Even a just war may generate undesirable results, such as Soviet tyranny over half of Europe after 1945. But of one thing we may be certain: a U.S. defeat in any war is a defeat not only for freedom, but for civilization. Our enemies believe that war can change the world. And they won't be deterred by bumper stickers.