UNLIMITED BOOK ↠ Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency - by Gian Gentile #2020


  • Title: Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency
  • Author: Gian Gentile
  • ISBN: 9781595588746
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency By Gian Gentile Colonel Gian Gentile s 2008 article Misreading the Surge in World Politics Review first exposed a growing rift among military intellectuals that has since been playing out in strategy sessions at the Pentagon, in classrooms at military academies, and on the pages of the New York Times While the past years of U.S strategy in Afghanistan have been dominated by the doctriColonel Gian Gentile s 2008 article Misreading the Surge in World Politics Review first exposed a growing rift among military intellectuals that has since been playing out in strategy sessions at the Pentagon, in classrooms at military academies, and on the pages of the New York Times While the past years of U.S strategy in Afghanistan have been dominated by the doctrine of counterinsurgency COIN , Gentile and a small group of dissident officers and defense analysts have questioned the necessity and efficacy of COIN essentially armed nation building in achieving the United States limited core policy objective in Afghanistan the destruction of Al Qaeda.Drawing both on the author s experiences as a combat battalion commander in the Iraq War and his research into the application of counterinsurgency in a variety of historical contexts, Wrong Turn is a brilliant summation of Gentile s views of the failures of COIN, as well as a searing reevaluation of the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.As the issue of America s withdrawal from Afghanistan inevitably rises to the top of the national agenda, Wrong Turn will be a major new touchstone for what went wrong and a vital new guide to the way forward.Note the ideas in this book are the author s alone, not the Department of Defense s.
    Gian Gentile
    Gian P Gentile October 9, 1957 is a retired US Army colonel, who served for many years as a history professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point Gentile has also been a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior historian at the RAND Corporation.

    Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency By Gian Gentile

    Commentaires:

    Craig Fiebig
    Having recently read Galula, The Insurgents , The Way of the Knife , Ghost Soldiers The Outpost , Invisible Armies and Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife I was heavily pre disposed to be entirely unsympathetic to Gentile s thesis re the inadequacies of COIN What could be better, though, than a book that shifts one s perspective unexpectedly On this front Gentile sprints directly to a four star rating There is nothing new, nor apparently particularly innovative about COIN in fact it is an over sta [...]

    TheF7Pawn
    Better than expected I thought Gentile would come at this subject with the normal big Army bias, i.e anything not involving armor, mechanized infantry, self propelled artillery, and attack aviation wasn t worth fighting However, he surprised me by focusing on the strategic aspects of counterinsurgency COIN , noting that if that context isn t aligned properly with the others, it doesn t matter how good your tactics and leadership are, you will lose The writing is direct, well organized, and amply [...]

    Paul
    Although this book is not on WWII, it is a spin off of my reading on end of war policy starting with the issues of the surrender of Japan and the atomic bomb It is a savagely depressing book, emphasizing the impossibility of reconciling the spin on tactics counter insurgency with failed and failing strategy.The author attacks the misuse of dreams of tactical victory by counter insurgency, studying its so called successful use in Maylaya, under its special circumstances, and arguing that the appl [...]

    Austin Carroll Keeley
    Short, provocative, and worthwhile Colonel Gentil tries to deconstruct the COIN narrative so prevalent in American military circles these days His strength comes in the historical analysis of the British in Malaya and the differences between their success their and the application of those principles to the American effort in Vietnam While Colonel Gentil does an admirable job destroying the narrative of counterinsurgency savior general, better war, protect the populace, etc he does not satisfact [...]

    Chad Foster
    Gian Gentile has long been one of the most outspoken critics of the cult like obsession with population centric counterinsurgency COIN that swept the US Army from 2006 2009 on the coat tails of General David Petraeus self promotion campaign Gentile recognized the charlatans before most of us, and he sounded the alarm about the snake oil that they were trying to sell as the New American Way of War This book is a well written rebuttal to the hagiography of Petraeus offered by authors such as Paula [...]

    Rachel Brune
    This book is a valuable contribution to the conversation regarding counterinsurgency and its place in the military s toolbag of tricks However, reading this, I often felt like the author was sacrificing his prose to his polemic Additionally, the two theses a COIN is wrong and misguided and b savior generals implementing COIN is a media myth that persists because it sounds good and makes us feel better were so conflated as to lose cogency and authority There are many fine words regarding COIN in [...]

    Eddie Zhang
    Clear and succinct argument on why America s current revolutionary COIN strategy is nothing new, and, if not checked, encourages perpetual warfare nation building Addresses all supporting evidence from FM3 24, and provides another perspective that reflects the progress of the wars today.

    Peter Rooijmans
    Absolutely a very clear analysis of what works and what doesn t work in counter insurgency war, especially addressing the British experiences in Malaya and the US experiences in Vietnam and Afghanistan.

    Frederick Dotolo
    Good critique of COIN.

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