Quote of the Day: COIN Ain’t Dead

The Long March
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“Despite the claims of some, counterinsurgency is no more dead than is conflict. Students of the latter continue to learn, adapting lessons from post-World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.”


—Russell Glenn, director of plans and policy, G2, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, in the Spring issue of Parameters.

(OK, the photograph refers to Mao Zedong’s comment about the guerrilla moving among the people like a fish swims in the sea.)

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