Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Counterinsurgency in Iraq

Suspected al qaeda militants, their hands cuffed and wearing blindfold, are guarded by a soldier at the American combat outpost near Checkpoint 20. By Benjamin Lowry, NYT


Just a quick post to link to two pieces (no time for commentary):

Anatomy of a Tribal Revolt, by Dave Kilcullen at Small Wars Journal

(hat tip: American Thinker)

and

Former Insurgent Counterinsurgency from the NYTimes

(hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

They are long, but I think worth the read.

I posted this before, from USA Today, regarding the Pentagon study that suggests insurgencies, historically, usually fail after 10 years.

Faisal Faleh, lying down, a former Iraqi insurgent who joined forces with the U.S. and Iraqi troops to fight al-Qaida, gets medical treatment from the U.S. soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Skye said...

Love, love, love this post!!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Goat said...

Always in search of allies in the blogosphere, Wordsmith you are now linked and respectfully request the same. grassroots grow where the truth flows, its like spring water.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 9:06:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Trabue said...

"I posted this before, from USA Today, regarding the Pentagon study that suggests insurgencies, historically, usually fail after 10 years."

So, you reckon we're nearly halfway to Mission Accomplished?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 6:38:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

dan,

All I know is that patience and commitment are required in any endeavour.

I was never under the impression that this would be a short excursion.

Now that the military successes of the surge have been undeniable, all the opposition can do is harp on about the political process. We can't even get our own Congress to get things done in a timely and efficient manner; and we're demanding a fledgling democractic government to get its act together right now, because America has lost its patience and has no intestinal fortitude and attention span when the going is tough?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

It hard to predict how things will go when you are fighting an enemy that has no respect for life in the field and fighting an enemy at home that has no respect for values that count.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Wow. JG; you said it ALL.

BZ

Thursday, September 06, 2007 9:04:00 PM  

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