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Slow Learning

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On November 16, 2011

I observe with some degree of pride that Captain Andrew Betson, a student of mine at the Patterson School, has an article in the latest Armed Forces Journal. The article began life as a seminar paper

Simulacra

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In Robert Farley
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On September 9, 2011
So, apparently Great Satan’s Girlfriend isn’t exactly a hot COIN-nerd chick who wants to talk war and show you nifty pictures of herself in a bikini.  As Spencer points out: “Courtney Messerschmidt” is a composite personality, made up of several men as well as an actual woman named Courtney. Not to mince words: it was gross […]

Sometimes Success Means Success

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In General
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On December 14, 2009
Yglesias is more impressed than I by Pat Lang’s discussion of successful and failed counter-insurgency campaigns. In particular, I think he misconstrues the objectives of many of the major counter-insurgency campaigns of the post-war colonial period: This theory of warfare [COIN] was developed by the colonial powers as a “cure” for the wave on “wars […]

Here’s Some Unhappy…

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On November 29, 2009

Some interesting bits in this Telegraph report from last week: Top British commanders angrily described in the documents how they were not even told, let alone consulted, about major changes to US pol

"In Any Meaningful Sense"

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On November 18, 2009

I endorse most of what Gian Gentile says here about the Vietnam War, especially in the context of this quote from George Herring: …the war could [not] have been ‘won’ in any meaningful sense at

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