In this book, van Creveld notes that, despite their overwhelming superiority in virtually every facet of military power, Western militaries since 1953 deployed abroad to fight non-Westerners almost always have been defeated and forced to withdraw. He poses the question, “How did the world’s best and most ferocious soldiers, who for centuries fought and defeated anybody and everybody until they dominated the entire world, turn into pussycats?”
Tol, Jan Van
"Why? And other Thirty-Five-Year Questions,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 70
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol70/iss1/12