War, Military Leadership, and Democratic Civil-Military Relations: ‘The Stab in the Back’ - The Endurance of a Dubious Idea
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It is currently fashionable—though misinformed and ultimately counterproductive—to insist that the Global War on Terror marks a complete departure from the political and strategic paradigms that obtained before 11 September 2001. However novel the casual student of current events might find the irregular combat in the Hindu Kush and along the Tigris and Euphrates—in which Muslim fighters or Arab insurgents resist coalition special operations forces and mechanized infantry in protracted, low-intensity conflict—things look rather more familiar from an historically informed perspective. Well-known civilmilitary tensions are in evidence among senior political and military leaders and so, unfortunately, are the key myths and legends that surround their interactions with each other and with a pluralistic political and strategic culture.
The Changing Nature of Civil-Military Relations and Military Leadership
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