Monday, October 18, 2010

Quote of the day, Bernard Fall couldn't possibly have been talking about Afghanistan because he's been dead for four decades edition

From The Political Context Behind Successful Revolutionary Movements, Three Case Studies: Vietnam (1955-1963), Algeria (1945-1962), and Nicaragua (1967-1979), by LTC Raymond Millen:
Once a revolutionary insurgency reaches a tipping point, as Bernard Fall noted, "it is difficult to suppress with the help of military specialists alone - particularly foreign specialists."
Good thing we have so many civilian political specialists!

P.S. I know I suck at blogging. I'll make up a bunch of excuses later.


  1. I remember the day I mentioned Fall's Hell in a Very Small Place to a HQ USSOCOM colleague in the Knowledge and Futures Directorate. He'd never heard of it. Later I gave him a copy of Galula. He never got around to reading it.

  2. No, you don't suck at blogging. Even your throw away posts are kind of funny. (Blogging can be a total drag after some time. I don't know how the regulars do it year in and year out. Some people are just compelled to write, I guess.)