Recommended reading: "Is Counterinsurgency the Graduate Level of War?", David S. Maxwell (Colonel, US Army), Small Wars Journal, 20 July 2008 -- "Some Random Thoughts on COIN Today." This has a wealth of insights. It deserves a review, which time precludes doing now. This is a brief post, taking this idea in a different direction (with … Continue reading Is COIN the graduate level of military hubris?
One of the best "status reports" on the Iraq War: "The Price of the Surge", Steven Simon, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008 Free access is available for the next few weeks. The author is Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1999, he served on … Continue reading “The Price of the Surge”
Excerpt from "Declaring Victory" by Matthew Yglesias (somewhat mis-titled, as his subject is the surge -- about progress, not overall victory) ... The weird thing about the surge is that its failure has been much more unambiguous. The theory behind the surge was clear. Some people said more troops would bring more security to Iraq. … Continue reading Matthew Yglesias asks a good question about Iraq
Part II of a Series Every war has its surprises. The major experts on 4GW have so far accurately forecast the nature and trends of the Iraq War, but recent developments have disproved one of their most important beliefs: that America's government, especially its military, would be unable to master 4GW.This is important news! I … Continue reading News from the Front: America’s military has mastered 4GW!