The Rise and Fall of Stanley McChrystal

General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan
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Hearts and Minds
A veteran of many years in the special-operations branch of the Army, McChrystal in Afghanistan employed a counterinsurgency doctrine borrowed heavily from his friend and colleague General David Petraeus, the architect of U.S. policy in Iraq. The doctrine holds that the best way to deal with a guerrilla insurgency is to provide security for the populace rather than focus exclusively on combat.

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