September 10, 2014 – I want to talk about insurgencies and counterinsurgencies since the Vietnam war. It has been discussed why we lost that war. There was an interesting article I came across written in 2006 about learning from Vietnam 30 years later. The point that they were making is that there was a misinterpretation after the Vietnam defeat. Generally people believe there wasn’t enough warfare and we left too soon; that more militarism would have worked. They argue that long, drawn wars drain the people’s support and drain finances as well. But have insurgencies and counterinsurgencies done any good? I don’t think they’ve learned anything. The problem is that, in 2006, they should have been looking intervention versus non-intervention.
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