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"We do not live in an age where you can say we’re going to send troops into a theater and expect them to have a positive impact unless they are historically and culturally, linguistically, religious-wise, they understand where they’re going....In our industrial way of forming armed forces at times, and our desire to use whatever weapons system we have, we sometimes forget that war is a human problem that demands human solutions."

Gen. James Mattis, Commander USJFCOM, February 2009, speaking at conference on defense issues