Those are the basic rules of the war currently raging, a war we refuse to see, except for those—also mostly invisible to leaders and pundits--on the battlefield. But their budget is getting slashed and burned, their esprit de corps is threatened by a new anthropological experiment putting more women in battle, and the pols and pundits don’t know much of anything about military virtue.
Indeed it seems Obama doesn't even want to give them a few minutes at the policy table. After all, they just work for him, right?
It’s very disappointing and very scary. If you wanted to create a strategy to lose the Real War, you’d be hard pressed to do better.