Marines in Afghanistan: rogues or effective warriors?

Helmand, Afghanistan

A recent Washington Post headline reads: “At Afghan outpost, Marines gone rogue or leading the fight against counterinsurgency?”

“The Marine approach — creative, aggressive and, at times, unorthodox — has won many admirers within the military. The Marine emphasis on patrolling by foot and interacting with the population, which has helped to turn former insurgent strongholds along the Helmand River valley into reasonably stable communities with thriving bazaars and functioning schools, is hailed as a model of how U.S. forces should implement counterinsurgency strategy.”

Let the warriors win. It’s what they do best.

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