The March of Folly, Continued

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To understand what's up with President Obama as he escalates the war in Afghanistan, there may be no better place to look than a book published 25 years ago. 'The March of Folly,' by historian Barbara Tuchman, 'Although the doctrine emphasized political measures, counterinsurgency in practice was military,' Tuchman writes, an observation that applies all too well to the emerging Obama enthusiasm for counterinsurgency.

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