Juan Cole describes A Century of Frenzy over the North-West Frontier

One great oddity of our wars is their architects lack of knowledge.  Not about war, or COIN.  But in the specifics of the conflict — the people and area, their history and beliefs.  Joshua Foust (writing at Registan) has often remarked about this, as have some posts on this website.  This gives a fantasy or game-like aspect …

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