Counterinsurgency Skepticism

We seem to be witnessing a bit of a harmonic convergence of counterinsurgency skepticism as Andrew links to Edward Luttwak's skeptical take in the February Harper's and Josh Marshall asks the ever-salient question: "At the risk of asking a really silly question, can we list off the successful counterinsurgency operations in history?"

And, indeed, it turns out that there are really, really few. What's more, those that do exist mostly seem to have lacked the counterinsurgent-as-foreigner dynamic that would be involved in essentially any US counterinsurgency campaign. I would recommend Jeffrey Record's book for even more counterinsurgency skepticism.