"Empirical data suggests that the predominant U.S. military strategy of the past half decade has not worked."
The implementation of COIN in Afghanistan was a mistake, even if this has only become apparent in retrospect. It is time to abandon the illusion that an effective counterinsurgency campaign will produce a decisive and apparent strategic victory in Afghanistan.
The implementation of modern-day COIN did not begin in Afghanistan. As a military strategy, counterinsurgency gained prominence in Iraq during 2006, when General David Petraeus and a group of advisors wrote Field Manual (FM) 3-24, the manual on counterinsurgency.
Their theory displayed an unusual level of brilliance and nuance. Most importantly, it was a strategy that stood in such sharp contrast to the “shock-and-awe” campaign that was successful in bringing down Saddam Hussein’s regime but failed in the reconstruction phase."
"The main operators in the Syrian issue are those who have been flooding weapons into Syria and financially backing the irresponsible groups,"
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran.
"The main and behind-the-scenes operators behind the painful issues in Syria are America and the Zionist regime,"
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Philippines 7.9 quake triggers tsunami alerts across Asia
"The quake hit at a depth of 34.9 kilometers (21.7 miles) and was centered 106 kilometers (66 miles) east of Samar Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said."
Iinside Hurricane Isaac as towns are devastated just miles away
"In some areas, Isaac, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression after winds dropped to 35 mph, dumped as much as 16 inches of rain. Around 500 people had to be rescued by boat or high-water vehicles."
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"The more you look at the evidence, the more you realize that, measured in total citizens killed, keeping Americans safe wasn't Bush's strength."