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Topic - David Kilcullen
Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. and NATO supremo in Afghanistan, is as well-versed in the history of major post-world-war insurgencies as anyone alive today. From Lawrence of Arabia to Mao's and Tito's guerrilla triumphs to France's 16 years of defeats in Indochina and Algeria, Gen. Petraeus knows it all - and then some.
The U.S.-led coalition force in Afghanistan first must escalate its counterinsurgency operations and only then begin reconciliation efforts with leaders of the militancy, veterans of the Iraq campaign told members of Congress on Tuesday.
Q: Who is winning the really important war of ideas — the one between the West and itself? A: Not the side that understands jihad as a foundational Islamic institution.
It was, he said at the time "tailor-made" for Special Forces to hunt down Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda camps, separating them from Taliban.
Col. Kilcullen said at the time, "You don't invade countries in pursuit of a few Islamic terrorists and turn the whole population against you."