The New World Disorder
The Persian Gulf War (1990-1991) taught American and its Allies the wrong lessons. Having fought the Iraqi Army, which was essentially a surrogate Warsaw Pact force, and defeated it easily, the American military did not have to reconsider or redesign its doctrine. While the CIA and the rest of the Intelligence Community focused on an emergent China and a slowly retrogade totalitarian regime in Russia under former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, the true threat in Al Queda essentially remained under the collective radar. The challenge for the Western world then, is not so much one of opposing militaries as it is one of ideology and a competing vision of secular versus non-secular government.