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    simone daud

    for Gen. Petraeus' much heralded COIN in Afghanistan.

    The New York Times reports that the US military is starting to get this basic dynamic as the US is leaving a heavily fought over valley (The Pech Valley in Kunar Province) where the US presence was the impetus of the violence:
       

    “What we figured out is that people in the Pech really aren’t anti-U.S. or anti-anything, they just want to be left alone,” said one American military official familiar with the decision. “Our presence is what’s destabilizing this area.”

    No sheeeit. It's good to see someone understands basic human nature. Now if we could just apply that to the rest Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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