January 16, 2003

MICHAEL BARONE writes about waging post-industrial war in Iraq. It's a good piece, and I especially agree with this conclusion:

Our last line of defense must be those high-skill, high-tech, and high-initiative strengths. The heroes who brought down United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania and the alert truck driver who engineered the capture of the alleged beltway snipers used cellphones and ignored centralized authorities' rules (the truck driver acted on leaked information) to stop determined killers. We can fight today's wars with fewer troops than we used to need. But every citizen should stand ready to fight at any time in any place.

Absolutely. A pack, not a herd.