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Victorious InsurgenciesFour Rebellions that Shaped Our World$
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Anthony James Joes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126142

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126142.001.0001

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Lessons Learned—or Not

Lessons Learned—or Not

(p.230) 5 Lessons Learned—or Not
Victorious Insurgencies

Anthony James Joes

University Press of Kentucky

The quality of military leadership among the counterinsurgents was inadequate. Inadequate counterinsurgent numbers of course resulted from several factors. One was the aforementioned failure, notably in French Vietnam and Soviet Afghanistan, to cut off outside aid to the insurgents, while in turn inadequate numbers made it all the more impossible to cut off or limit that outside aid. The often systematic violations of rectitude on the part of counterinsurgent forces of course both reflected and aggravated this situation. The insurgents could rightly claim that they had no recourse except arms. The Japanese, the French, and the Soviets abandoned their counterinsurgencies and went home in the end.

Keywords:   counterinsurgents, inadequate, Afghanistan, violations, recourse

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