The new normal is instability, unpredictability, and a sense of powerlessness over wartime events. Future battles would be “very harsh,” according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, with soldiers anticipated to “be OK with being severely unpleasant every single moment of each and every day.” The Kabul mission’s constrained timetables, insufficient resources, and chaotic disarray are exactly what Milley’s world may resemble in reality. Despite his advice, the military’s stunning response to the Kabul evacuation implies that the warning has not yet been properly understood or digested. The US military has become accustomed to waging conflicts in which it has virtually complete control of the situation, and the enemy is the underdog. Those days are almost probably behind us.