Thursday, October 19, 2006
An Intelligent Op Ed
Phillip Carter, who normally blogs with intelligence as good as it is voluminous at Intel Dump, scored an Op Ed in the Sunday New York Times. It’s a terrific must read, from a soldier just back from Baquba with the 101st Airborne Division.
Here’s how Carter starts his analysis:
THE military’s new counterinsurgency manual offers a great deal of wisdom for those who will wage the small wars of the future. Its prescriptions and paradoxes — like the maxim that the more force used, the less effective it is — make sense. However, having spent the last year advising a provincial police headquarters in
The war I knew was infinitely more complex, contradictory and elusive than the one described in the network news broadcasts or envisioned in the new field manual. When I finally left Baquba, the violent capital of
Carter seeks to weigh those complexities and contradictions, and if this Op Ed is any indication, possesses a clarity of vision that qualifies him for the task he undertakes. He’s a voice to listen to, read the whole thing and watch his blog.
Here’s his prescription for what’s next:
We should strive in 2006 to build on our successes and to find a smarter way to shift the counterinsurgency effort to the Iraqis in order to secure an imperfect victory. For, as
(Via Greyhawk at Milblogs)
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