Current events often seem more like deja vu than history. This Fourth of July, watching various documentaries about the American Revolution, it's fascinating to see how our freedom was won by a group of insurgents who often flagrantly ignored the 18th century rules of engagement to defeat an enemy superpower, which sometimes committed atrocities against prisoners and civilians.
OK, maybe that's too shallow a comparison. American colonists were fighting for freedom and self-determination against an enemy that desperately wanted to stay; jihadists aren't fighting a war for freedom, but for religious cleansing, and their enemy would prefer to be anywhere but Iraq and Afghanistan. At any rate, you'd think we'd know how to defeat an insurgency since we have some practice at waging an insurgency.
Nonetheless ... deja vu all over again.