|Vladimir Putin explaining how Ukraine is not a country|
Delusion has played a large role in military misadventure, including Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
Which just makes me wonder: do leaders make decisions subconsciously, using their gut, and then apply reason's fig leaves? Or is the pre-war uncertainty fog is so great leaders (and intelligence analysts) can't make accurate assessments of possible outcomes?
The world infamously barrelled into World War One thinking it would be a jolly Fall romp, over in a few months. People enlisting were worried it would all be over by the time they reached the front. So not what they needed to worry about.
|The Gulf of Tonkin incident|
|Colin Powell (left) with proof of WMDs in Iraq|