"One Tribe at a Time," or, When COIN Goes Bad...

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  1. Anyone read this: http://blog.stevenpressfield.com/wp-content/themes/stevenpressfield/one_tribe_at_a_time.pdf ?

    It's been much hyped as a sort of TE Lawrence-meets-Petraeus solution to our Afghan woes- and it does seem awfully fun :D - but this article comprehensively dismisses it, and is well worth reading: http://easterncampaign.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/petraeus-and-mcchrystal-drink-major-gants-snake-oil/

    eg:

    I guess the lesson is, COIN may be fashionable, but bad COIN is as good way to lose heart and minds as anything...