As usual each Friday I try to post a review of weekend readings that pastors and others can read that serves as break from their spiritual readings. Tonight’s book was one that was a great exercise of other parts of my mind.
Fred Kaplan. The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, January 2nd, 2013. 432 pp.
What an amazing book. I have so many good things to say. But first a brief summary: The author Fred Kaplan takes a look at the US Army’s wrestling with the idea and practice of counterinsurgency after the post-Vietnam era. Kaplan makes the point that after the Vietnam War the leadership at the Pentagon never wanted to fight another counterinsurgency again. Instead the military as a whole focused on the more traditional concept of warfare such as big tank battles, heavy…
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