When I saw the title of the post in the Small Wars Journal, “Phil Walter’s Five Rules for Counterinsurgency from a U.S. Perspective”, I was prepared to hate it but his Rule #1 changed my mind:
1. Don’t do counterinsurgency. Better to let the insurgents win and then engage their newly-formed country in state-on-state warfare, a U.S. strength, than to play the game the insurgent prefers.
Read the whole thing. It is short and to the point and advice I wish that American politicians would heed.
I would add one additional rule:
6. Never, ever do insurgency. It has never ended well for the United States.