This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn’t—at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul … Continue reading Another Surge in Afghanistan Would Be Folly. I Should Know—I Was Part of the Last One.
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