230 years ago is history, the coming war between us and the rest of the world is the future. Who drives down the road in reverse, looking in the rear view mirror?
The war is not coming. The war has arrived. We are currently fighting the first long campaigns. The later greater campaigns will follow ineluctably if we do not use sufficient force amd speed to excise the enemy's heart. Hearts and minds and nation-building is a losing proposition that is protein-rich fare for the main enemy who is not in Iraq but a little east.