July 01, 2009

How Raise Tribal Cavalry in Afghanistan

Drop your COIN manuals!  Here are some more lessons we can learn from 19th-century Brits.  The link to the original text is there too.

Money quote (from page 10-11):

"Now no man of ordinary sense should for an instant attempt to make any sort of comparison between Regular and Irregular Cavalry.  There is no greater resemblance between them than between Macedon and Monmouth.  'Look you there is salmons in both,' but it goes no further."

There's actually an important lesson in there.  Apparently involving salmons.

Seriously, can we get more flowery analogies and alliteration into modern doctrinal publications?