From my standpoint, the strategic level was, what do we want as the end state? What do we want to accomplish as a nation, and as NATO, in whatever action we’re going to take? What are the measures of effectiveness to tell us whether we’re achieving the end state that we want, and if we’re moving down the road towards it?
That was from General Charles Krulak, talking about the airware in Kosovo in 1999.
I’m not sure that getting involved in Libya is ultimately the wrong thing to do, but I’m pretty damn sure nobody involved in the decision-making has taken a lesson from Krulak.
hattip to plutosdad at Dispatches.