A Battle Over "the Next War"

In The Los Angeles Times, Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel report: "For more than 30 years, the Pentagon establishment considered it an essential duty to prepare for a war of national survival. But under Gates, that focus has fallen from favor. In public speeches and private meetings, Gates has chastised many commanders as ignoring wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while they plan for speculative future conflicts. 'We should not starve the forces at war today to prepare for a war that may never come,' Gates said in a stinging address last month, one of a series he has delivered. Gates even has coined a term for what he sees as a military disorder: 'next-war-itis.'"

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