2004 Iraq Campaign
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Modern wargaming is an interesting subject in many respects. Technology and the sophistication of the modern conventional force have progressed to a point of near stagnation in military doctrine. One could argue that the level of importance put on the integration of the latest and greatest military technologies has caused a lack of direction and purpose for these forces. The United States has found itself as one of the most sophisticated and powerful militaries the world has ever seen, yet they cannot seem to accomplish any mission where they aren’t enjoying overwhelming firepower or political leverage. Why is this?
I will not sit here and claim to be a subject expert, truly I am an expert in nothing, but I am a firm believer in educating yourself to the best of your ability. My hope with this campaign is to further educate myself about our country’s involvement in Iraq after 2003. While I will maintain a focus on the military conflict and the fight in counter insurgency, I can not dismiss that political discussion is inevitable. This leads to the discussion of one of the more sobering subjects of modern wargaming: morality.
I fully understand that some portion of society will take issue with what I am doing and how I am going about it; to them, I can only offer a simple apology and hope for understanding. While as tragic as it may seem to replicate and simulate a conflict that affected, and is still affecting millions of lives, I believe it to be even more tragic to not give those stories a voice and have them forgotten.
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower