The piece seems to be written in support of a doctrine advanced by younger officers, although the author credits General Petreus with the innovations, and to some degree resisted by an old guard of Neanderthals and backslappers. Not incidentally, this doctrine is in parallel with the operations as they are now being conducted in Afghanistan and which have drawn some criticism for featuring artificial rules of engagement which unnecessarily expose our troops. It is this that raises doubts in my mind whether this article is intended to be a dispassionate and straightforward analysis of counterinsurgency doctrine or a defense of the Obama administration.
A nominal Republican, actually a Rino, David Brooks lends the patina of Republican legitimacy to this support of the Obama administration military doctrine and may well explain why he was chosen and rehearsed for this piece. It will be interesting to see what rebuttals emerge.
Quit reading right there...but it demonstrate the wishful thinking of the commie traitor bastards at the NYSlimes!
The old guard would be people like the ones who won the Persian Gulf War in 72 hours.
The backslappers would be people who broke Saddam's army, and then his Republican Guards, and then his Special Republican Guards, in three weeks. Having defeated the Taliban in a month, simply by organizing floundering native forces already in being.
Overwhelming, smashing conquerors, who terrified and then slew in great numbers, swiftly and spectacularly, the bestial, murderous, deadly enemies of the People of the United States.
Well, of course we wouldn't have people as uncool as that still in charge of our military, would we? Brontosauruses .....