- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Major Tom Mcilwaine, Queen’s Royal Hussars
Best Defense guest columnist
Question Group Two — Can you fight an expeditionary counterinsurgency campaign? Isn’t it really something you only do on home turf? Like the Turks, or the Sri Lankans, or even the British? It strikes me as a strange type of war to fight on someone else’s home turf. Isn’t that more — well — imperial? Is it really classic pacification? And if so, what does that mean? Does it mean that we might need to acknowledge that this changes the context of the war? Does it mean that we might have to accept at the start that we can only achieve very limited objectives?
(To be continued)