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  •  COINdinistas and Joe Bite me (0+ / 0-)

    Nicknamed "COINdinistas" for their cultish zeal, this influential cadre believed the doctrine would be the perfect solution for Afghanistan. All they needed was a general with enough charisma and political savvy to implement it.

    The writer didn't seem to understand the difference between the conditions available for COIN in Iraq and COIN in Afghanistan. Both have been obviously problematic but the governance component is under-analyzed in the piece in terms of the larger diplomatic/political solutions for Af-Pak It's more on McChrystal's character and his cultural history as well as his sycophantic aides. We learn more about war-fighting ideologies and the intolerance of combat veterans for desk warriors.

    "...calling for a 5" deck gun is not parody. Not by a long shot." (gnaborretni)

    by annieli on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 03:14:59 PM PDT

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