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2.0 out of 5 stars The US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, 9 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual (Paperback)
Everyone should read this book. It is a study in self justification for American foreign policy, full of sweeping generalisations and self justification. The most interesting part is the difference between the stated objectives and the evidence you will see portrayed in newspapers and on television. It will give you a valuable insight into the new imperialism.
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2010 14:26:21 BDT
Disregard the above review; for all those who deal and work within the Defence world, this is how Doctrine should be formulated and created. The FM was written back in 2006, by Gen. Petraeus, the same man who turned around the effort in Iraq and appointed McChrystal in Afghanistan. A brilliant piece of work designed to be read by military practitioners and statesmen alike. The UK was doing this 100 years ago, and lost the plot in N.Ireland; there is nothing 'new imperalist' about it.

Posted on 15 Apr 2010 20:12:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2010 20:13:21 BDT
A. Marques says:
A rather unhelpful review that demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the point and context of the manual. If a military force is in a country either by request from the host nation, under a UN resolution or other reason there is a way in which insurgents need to be dealt with. Why the military force is in country is totally irrelevant- the manual does not deal with the why military forces are in theatre by how to conduct operations to counter an insurgency. The comment about imperialism is totally irrelevant.

Posted on 14 May 2010 21:25:33 BDT
A self justification full of self justification? I hope you're not thinking of writing a book yourself...
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