Thank the Lord many of the military leaders in the Middle East are better students of history, reading the history of the area and taking seriously the writings of T.E. Lawrence.
The classic Lawrence quote, hanging on the wall of an American General, but ignored by his Washington commanders;
Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them. Actually, also, under the very odd conditions of Arabia, your practical work will not be as good as, perhaps, you think it is.
'Twenty-Seven Articles', Arab Bulletin, 20 August 1917 For the full text (including much other quotable material) seehttp://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1917/27arts.html