June 17, 2009

COIN for Dummies, Written by Dummies

Asad Durrani, the former chief of the ISI in Pakistan, explains counterinsurgency warfare to his countrymen in this article. You, dear readers, probably did not know that COIN is, in essence, fire and manuever. Well, now you do. This is the most nonsensical explanation of counterinsurgency warfare theory I have ever read, and the only logical conclusion I can reach upon reading it is that the author is rooting for the Taliban. [Warning: Abu Muqawama conspiracy-mongering to follow.] Which, given his former employer, he probably is. Jaysus, his last name is even Durrani. (Half the Rahbari Shura of 2004 was from the Durrani tribe.)