One of the pithier (and I think correct) statements:
Foreigners fighting = Failure in counterinsurgency.
I guess Fabius Maximus' basic thesis is it is all about the Benjamins.
And from the "For More Information" section below:
A major discovery! It could change the course of US geopolitical strategy, if we’d only see it. — Andrew Exum (aka Abu Muqawama) points us to the doctoral dissertation of Erin Marie Simpson in Political Science from Harvard. She examines the present and past analysis of counter-insurgency. This could change the course of American foreign policy, if we pay attention
A lesson about counterinsurgency that could change America’s future.
I have always liked this story since I heard it 20 years ago. But this excerpt is useful on many levels:
Commonly held core beliefs are almost impossible to change rapidly. The Green Beret knows that sometimes, working within a belief system is more powerful than attacking it. This is fraught with peril, for if your witchcraft is found wanting, you could just as easily end up in front of the mob as any other witch.Everybody holds a few irrational views. People have told each other witch stories around fires since prehistoric times. Green Berets know that sometimes, you need a good witch to fight a bad witch, and nobody likes werewolves. Find your strengths and use them for good.
Think Like a Green Beret: Be a Witch
From Adam Elkus on his "Rethinking Security" Blog.