October 4, 2009
Is counterinsurgency a viable strategy for America?
Counterinsurgency became the subject of extensive strategic study for Western European militaries following World War II, as the European colonies of Africa and Asia sought to liberate themselves from their colonial shackles. Given the post-war chaos in Europe, the third world colonies erupted in insurgencies, causing Britain and France, the most prominent among several European nations, to launch their armed forces into conflicts to suppress the anti-colonial rebels. The Soviet Union and Communist China saw opportunity in the conflicts to align the forces of international communism with these anti-colonial insurgencies, and they successfully accomplished this political marriage. Most famously, at the beginning of the 1960s, both Nikita Khrushchev and Mao Zedong put the West on notice in public speeches that they would support "national liberation" movements in the third world to encircle and eventually destroy capitalism and the western democracies. The Soviets and Chinese...(Read Full Article)