Douglas Lute (born November 3, 1952) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general. He was a senior advisor to the U.S. government during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served from 2013 to 2017 as the United States Permanent Representative to NATO.
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- With the military forces that remained in NATO we took our show on the road.
- The Wars of Today and Tomorrow: A Conversation with Amb. Douglas Lute. United States Institute of Peace (13 February 2017). (quote at 4:48 of 1:31:00)
- We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn't know what we were doing. ... What are we trying to do here? We didn't have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.
- as quoted by Craig Whitlock in: The Afghanistan Papers. A Secret History of the War: At War with the Truth. Washington Post (9 December 2019).