29 November 2013

The Way Petraeus Saw Counterinsurgency Operations | RallyPoint.com

General (Ret) David Petraeus is one of the most highly acclaimed leaders from this most recent era of conflict.  He is perhaps best known for his counterinsurgency approach while commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq.

Here, we've compiled 5 quotes from Petraeus that we believe best encapsulate his perspectives on counterinsurgency doctrine and the challenges of maintaining a lasting balance in a nation that has its own fundamental problems to begin with.


-- The RallyPoint.com team

"President Obama has said that our aspirations should be realistic. We are not going to turn one of the poorest countries in the world, that was plunged into 30 years of war, into an advanced, industrialized, Western-style democracy. What we want to achieve is Afghanistan's capacity to secure and govern itself."

"If you don't want to have to kill or capture every bad guy in the country, you have to reintegrate those who are willing to be reconciled and become part of the solution instead of a continued part of the problem. And then, above all, the resources."

"Every civilian's death diminishes us, collectively."

"But clearly, this is what this is about. It's about pushing the security bubble out. It's about rooting out every last guy, so that there's not even somebody who can fire a single, solitary RPG round from some little qalat out here."

"This is actually true of the overall fight against al-Qaeda and trans-national extremists, that as you put pressure on them in one location, they'll seek safe haven sanctuaries in other areas. So you do have to continue to pursue them. But they have less capability."

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