4GW RECOMMENDED READING
For those of a pessimistic bent - I don't agree with everything these authors have to say in their respective critiques of U.S. military and foreign policies - the Germanomania that sometimes prevails at DNI is most odd considering that the Germans lost both world wars through strategic and tactical blundering - but they raise points that are worth careful consideration:
" Lessons Learned from the American Expedition to Iraq
" by " Fabius Maximus
" at DNI
I'm not privy to the identity of the writer who posts under this nom de guerre but he has an excellent command of history. I tend to agree with his assessment that our grasp of the Salafi-Jihadi -Qutbist-Takfiri network is remarkably poor considering that we are four years into a global unconventional war. That however, comes from having a drastic shortage of military and intelligence personnel with the requisite language skills and deep in-country experience and not moving heaven and earth to train more. Fundamentals should be our first priorities.
" at Arms and Influence
- The Counterinsurgency Series:
"Counterinsurgency is Hard, Part IV
"Counterinsurgeny is Hard, Part III
"Counterinsurgency is Hard, Part II
"Counterinsurgency is Hard, Part I
Whether I agree or disagree with their conclusions, it is always a pleasure for me to see a person with some expertise take pains to share their knowledge at this level of depth. There is much to like here as " Kingdaddy" understands the importance of leverage, legitimacy and systems in waging unconventional warfare as a moral and political conflict as well as a military one.