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John Lennon, COIN theorist?

I was thinking about how the great but necessary leap in counterinsurgency is to arm the locals, even if the central government opposes it. Once you make them able to provide their own security, they can start making choices, and you can start thinking about leaving.

It occurred to be that this essential move can be summarized with two catchphrases of the 1960s: "power to the people" and "think globally, act locally." That made me wonder if other '60s phrases might also apply. Question authority? If it feels good, do it?

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The Best Defense

Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: risky business in Afghanistan

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

The suave looking war dog in this photo is wearing doggles -- not goggles, doggles -- and yes, these are real. Military dogs wear doggles specifically designed to protect the eyes of working dogs from dust and debris. Soldiers rely on the heightened senses of these dogs which far surpass those of a human, and so the dogs' handlers take the precautionary measures necessary to protect them, keeping a careful watch on their vitals and the care they receive in the field. 

This German Shepherd is wearing his doggles while Chinook helicopters take off during an air assault operation by U.S. soldiers in Parwan province, Afghanistan on May 11.      

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