Afghanistan~ The New Counter-Insurgency (CBC National) 2008 02 11 avi
The American defense secretary Richard Gates has been critical of NATO tactics but fails to point out that the new US approach is a new Petraus doctrine and a quite recent innovation for the US military also.
The new ‘soft’ approach involves greater risk to military personnel in getting closer to those whose ‘hearts and minds’ are being sought.
Canadian forces are well-experienced in similar techniques in various peacekeeping roles. But are they too timid, too risk aversive because of politics back home?
When push comes to shove will the 3,000 Marines about to head towards Kandhar practice the news skills or will they revert to more ham-handed approaches?
In an open-ended conflict, where victory can never be defined, the nuances of tactics may be meaningless anyway?