A counterinsurgency lesson in two minutes

(Source:  “The Life of Bryan”, by Monty Python)

Forget the clichés about “hearts and minds”; as an outsider, you’ll never completely win them.  You could deftly restore public order and build a thousand schools, and an ungrateful population may still resent you.  A few disenfranchised groups might even plot against you.

But don’t let that deter you from trying…

About Crispin Burke

Major Crispin Burke is a US Army aviator qualified in the UH-60 and LUH-72 helicopters. Major Burke has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras. In what is likely a sad statement on the state of humanity, Major Burke's writings, musings, and irreverent cartoons have been featured at Small Wars Journal, National Defense University, Foreign Policy Online, Wired Magazine, Egremont, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Great Satan's Girlfriend.
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