Originally Posted by JohnEyles
The average Iraqi was way better off under Saddam Hussein.
I think that quote embodies the ultimate survivor bias...
Originally Posted by JohnP
Before Iraq, the whole world thought that our military was invincible with it's high-tech weaponry and fabulous logistics capability.
Yep, just like the USS THRESHER. And before Vietnam. And the USS PUEBLO. And the USS SCORPION. And the USS LIBERTY. And the SS MAYAGUEZ. And the USS BONEFISH. And Beirut. And Grenada. And Panama. And the USS STARK. And the USS TRIPOLI & SAMUEL B. ROBERTS. And Somalia. Heck, this is just the Navy list.
While the media & politicians may have formed their own impressions of invincibility, every year the mighty U.S. military is humbled by its own. I don't think very many people in uniform believe that they and their shipmates have formed an invincible team, and most veterans are convinced that we only "won" in spite of our own efforts.
Unfortunately the lessons "learned" during exercises are only usually only applied to preparing for the last war. It's just not cost-effective or persuasive to get funding for the "next" war...