Strategic thinking means thinking about the long term effects: blow-backs, synergies, negative feedback -- suppresses an effect and positive feedback -- amplifies an effect, of our actions. Generals are taught to think strategically.
Generals usually get to be Colonels by following orders and tactical
brilliance -- which isn't always strategically smart -- so truly
brilliant Generals are rare. Less rare than you'd think however, and so
we've got work by the Joint Chiefs that has looked into all of it.
strategies used to be public information, but I believe are now
classified, and those fellows examined all these sorts of thing. Colin
Powell wrote the book on Asymmetric warfare, and then burned it because
he and other Generals involved in Vietnam concluded that such warfare
was counterproductive strategically.
recently they either rewrote the books or dusted them off of hidden
shelves because they had to reinvent asymmetric warfare to fight in
Afghanistan and Iraq, with pretty much the same inconclusive and
strategically stupid results. Even the expansion into other countries
reminds people familiar with Vietnam of our invasions of Cambodia and
Laos. And folks familiar with the backstory can see how it also involved
misunderstandings and bad decisions about countries all over the world
in the name of fighting communism but actually in the name of
corporatism and international banking.
the international banking folks won the Vietnam war at our expense. We
don't even notice when our jobs get shipped to Vietnam and China.