Best Defense

For the COINhatas (and you know who you are)

It would be a mistake to read my series of posts on the Wanat battle solely through the prism of "COIN: good or bad?" Yes, I do think that there is some evidence that the battalion was trying to use some principles of counterinsurgency, but there also is evidence that they were doing so incompletely, ...

It would be a mistake to read my series of posts on the Wanat battle solely through the prism of "COIN: good or bad?" Yes, I do think that there is some evidence that the battalion was trying to use some principles of counterinsurgency, but there also is evidence that they were doing so incompletely, or even haphazardly. Just because the Army told Sen. Inouye that the unit was doing COIN doesn’t mean it was doing it will.

But most of my questions were outside the realm of COIN doctrine. Whatever the mission was, did they have enough people and resources to do it? Is this incident emblematic of the undersupported war in eastern Afghanistan?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1
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