Sunday, December 09, 2012


"One of the more notorious recent examples, oddly not cited by Ricks, is Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV, who for a while was allowed to remain in command of a Stryker brigade in southern Afghanistan despite his ostentatious rejection of standard counterinsurgency doctrine, which emphasizes winning the trust of the population, in favor of a more brutal, and less effective, search-and-destroy “antiguerrilla” approach. Rogue soldiers from his brigade were later convicted of having formed a “kill team” that murdered unarmed civilians and collected their body parts as trophies."