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How it should be done?,
This review is from: The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual (Paperback)
An interesting book (manual) on how the US Military hoped to tackle insurgents. You wont find this an interesting read as in a history book on the fall of Berlin for example, but it is interesting as a book on current times and theories on modern warfare.
Anyone interested in military operations and or history will get a lot from this book.
More of how it should be done rather than how it was done. Some interesting points raised in the first few chapters was the knowledge of the higher loss of friendlies is inevitable at the beginning of a COIN while networks of informers and befriending the populous is established. But as most modem wars are fought by politicians who want next to zero friendly casualties this can be counter productive to a COIN as enemies are made from a friendly populous due to inappropriate use of firepower.
Maybe a few in command and in politics need this book slap in their face?