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Why the Iraq Surge is Not a Lesson for Afghanistan
 
The Chief of Staff of the Army, General George W. Casey Jr., speaks to a Soldier from Fort Campbell's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Feb. 5 prior to the unit boarding a plane for a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo: DOD)  

 

THE DANGER OF DEJA VU
Why the Iraq Surge is Not a Lesson for Afghanistan

Colonel Charles D. Allen
U.S. Army, retired
Professor, USAWC Dept of Command, Leadership, and Management

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

Colonel CHARLES D. ALLEN (RET) is a professor of cultural science and the former director of leader development with the Department of Command, Leadership and Management at the Army War College. In this short article he cautions leaders to beware the danger that "The thing we take hold of tends to be the most recent or most vivid memory that quickly comes to mind."

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