I don't mind a healthy dose of provocation in commentaries on Afghanistan and other topics, but this one strikes me, to say the least, as particularly vacuous.
[w]e so believe in this concept of "victory" in Afghanistan that we have honest, thoughtful discussions on whether or not crimes against humanity are a good tactic.
- Violence is a part of COIN, as it is a part of all war.
- Anyone who tells you that COIN is a "kinder, gentler form of war" is a liar.
- Unrestrained brutality is not an effective tactic in COIN, no matter what Ann Marlowe would have you believe.