Listen to Patraeus?
September 08, 2013
Remember General David Patraeus? The guy who claimed that as soon as his brilliant comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) was implemented in Afghanistan the US would emerge victorious? The “maverick savior of Iraq” as he was christened by neocon historian Viktor David Hanson?
Anyone notice how Iraq and Afghanistan are doing these days? As TAC’s Kelley Vlahos noticed recently, the once feverish pro-COIN blogs — then giddy with the discovery of new ways to remake the world — are “now-sluggish.”
After two colossal failures, Patraeus has crawled out from under his rock of shame to again take up the cause of war-promotion. Heartily endorsing President Obama’s request for authorization to use force on Syria, Patraeus betrays the real prize in the sights of the Syria war-promoters: Iran.