BRL... Wrote:
Jun 07, 2012 12:45 AM
Mr Friedman: It took you a while to get around to your actual point, but when you finally did (middle of page 2) it was spot on. Counterinsurgency assumes an existing friendly AND viable government in a country for us to support. Looking around the world, I see a handful of viable governments, half a handful of friendly governments, and not a lot of overlap in the two groups. But counterterrorism, that's a whole other matter. The most it needs from other countries is overflight and basing rights, to save us money, although as long as we have a carrier force, they are optional. Counterterrorism means hammering an enemy wherever he is, and throwing in a little collateral damage to punish his enablers, such as Pakistan.