Time's Battleland: "Counter-terrorism beats nation-building? Are we going to bury COIN all over again?"
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:00AM
Thomas P.M. Barnett in Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Pakistan, SysAdmin, Time's Battleland, US Military

My old classmate Fareed Zakaria recently made the argument that counterterrorism beats nation-building when it comes to winning the war on terror. Taking Osama Bin Laden's killing as a point of American pride, he says that sort of military/intelligence operation is what we're good at, and so we should stick with it versus pursue the larger counterinsurgency (COIN) effort that General David Petraeus has now led in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a broad point to be making off the Bin Laden operation, especially as Petraeus heads to CIA. While I may agree with Fareed WRT Af-Pak, let me express a larger concern.


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