Andrew Sullivan dug up a great quote from Patraeus’ PhD dissertation at Princeton. Patraeus is a smart guy who knows a lot about counterinsurgencies and the danger of American imperialism.
“…committing U.S. units to counterinsurgencies appears to be a very problematic proposition, difficult to conclude before domestic support erodes and costly enough to threaten the well-being of all America’s military forces (and hence the country’s national security), not just those involved in the actual counterinsurgency.”
Too bad he’s had his soul crushed by the neocons. [source]