MemeSquash: "The military didn't have a plan for Iraq!"
I'm sure the first thousand times this showed up everyone who had ever been in uniform was gasping for air after laughing so hard. The military plans for EVERYTHING. We have contingency plans for invading Liechtenstein. Through some incomprehensible administrative mixup I do *not* have access to this plan, so I can't tell you what it involves. My educated guess is three dens of Cub Scouts, a fleet of tricycles, and some Super-Soakers. But don't quote me.
However. I DO have access to an actual Special Forces plan! For a Christmas Party! (sorry, Festive Holiday Celebration). I believe this should give some idea of the level of planning involved in a real war, if you extrapolate. They do everything except specify the location and elevation of the punch bowl using GPS coordinates.
This, on the other hand, is serious stuff. National Guard on hurricane duty. Read, and be amazed at how many crucial things he's juggling, simultaneously. The things he worries about, and has plans for.
Sure, stuff happens we weren't expecting in Iraq. That's a good definition of warfare in general. To quote the Book of the Word, "when you are short of everything except enemy, you are in combat." The funny thing is we get this meme-complaint from people who can't organize a three-person lunch. Who assume because *they* don't know what the plan is, there isn't one. Absolutely amazing ...