September 28, 2007

Charlie on Charlie

Regarding yesterday's post, Abu Muqawama operative "Charlie" (she's a civilian, so you do not salute her) wonders if Charles Dunlap has gotten around to asking any failed counterinsurgents of the 20th Century -- the Soviets in Afghanistan, the French in Algeria, the Americans in Vietnam -- if they failed as counterinsurgents because they didn't bomb enough. It's a good question. No where in the lessons learned of any failed counterinsurgency of the 20th Century do you come across this phrase: "Bombing the civilian population -- did we do enough of it?"