This started off as an interesting article, but then they tripped. Apparently they haven't actually been watching current events. Or maybe the just are very pessimistic.
In any event, the American army and marines have produced a new counter-insurgency manual. One of its authors, General David Petraeus, is now in charge of the “surge” in Iraq. It may be too late to turn Iraq round, and Afghanistan could slide into greater violence. But the manual offers some comfort: it says counter-insurgency operations “usually begin poorly”, and the way to success is for an army to become a good “learning organisation”.Sounds like they've been drinking too much of the "progressive's" cool-aide.