A conscript system was introduced
The military became mostly made up of citizen militias
A politically-appointed Secretary of Defense position was created
None of these
It restored credibility and prestige to a demoralized military
It showed the power of modern military technology
It helped shape the Powell doctrine
It showed the importance of counterinsurgency tactics (COIN)
They feel that he made decisions as a civilian leader that set the U.S. military up for failure in Iraq
They are angry that he lied about the presence of WMD in Iraq
They are generally predisposed to dislike Republican political leaders
None of these are true
The U.S. military was not well equipped to handle tasks like policing
The U.S. military was not prepared to fight an insurgency
The U.S. military did not have the cultural and linguistic knowledge necessary to understand and work with Iraqis
The U.S. military was undermined in Iraq by other agencies, such as the State Department
Have we clearly defined our objectives? Do we have a strategy in Iraq and Syria after ISIS is defeated?
The U.S. should have acted alone rather than trying to build a coalition--the delay allowed ISIS to grow in strength.
We should make sure that the ISIS fight reflects American ideals, as well as interests.
He wouldn't say any of these based on his doctrine.
It reminds us that U.S.-based manufacturers of military equipment have a vested interest in keeping military spending high because they profit from it.
It shows one key part of the military-industrial complex
It shows why congress members of both parties support the military
It shows all of these things
High military spending
Outsized reverence for the military
Bipartisan support for military spending
Support by top US generals for additional wars, such as Libya
AFRICOM military-to-military cooperation
AFRICOM enaging in stability and reconstruction operations (SRO)
AFRICOM engaging in counterterrorism training
It could be any of the above
Military officers care a lot about promotion and career advancement
The top military brass tends to act in an insubordinate manner to their political bosses when it comes to foreign policy matters
The military is cautious about entering foreign wars but when it is asked to enter them it wants to make sure that it can succeed and finish the job
The military does not always look at issues through the lens of broad diplomatic goals