christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: June 26th, 2009
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The New Rules

I'm sure that some view the new rules of engagement in Afghanistan as aimed for PR consumption. But I think it's quite remarkable for a military leader to grasp the difference between tactical victories and strategic defeat. I can only imagine what it will be like to withdraw from an urban firefight--especially if US casualties are involved--but the alternative is clearly not tenable. When your security force kills over 800 civilians each year, you are not winning any hearts or minds.

by Christopher Heiser on June 26 13:45
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