My answer to Is World War III on its way right now?
Answer by Ken Larson:
From a practical perspective war is dead.
The world is wired, attuned to nuclear Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) threats, locked at the hip in trade and environmental concerns and growing very weary of terrorists and those who feed on war and rumors of war.
“MODERN WAR INSTITUTE AT WEST POINT”
“Victory’s been defeated; it’s time we recognized that and moved on to what we actually can accomplish.
We’ve reached the end of victory’s road, and at this juncture it’s time to embrace other terms, a less-loaded lexicon, like “strategic advantage,” “relative gain,” and “sustainable marginalization.”