Not surprisingly to those of us in 2009, we know that "commuting to war" every day in up-armoured Humvees and returning to base isn't the way to win insurgencies. Buttoned up in the hatch of an armoured vehicle or flying above the battlefield in a helicopter shuts off your typical soldier from the subtle nuances of a counter-insurgency environment. To paraphrase counterinsurgency expert John Nagl, the more secure you make your forces, the less successful you will be.
In related news, a former US Ambassador penned an article in Foreign Affairs magazine discussing the same sense of risk aversion among the US State Department. He noted that, since 1983, US embassies have turned into isolated "fortresses", "far from city centers" and are counter to efforts to improve American public diplomacy. (Gee, you'd think a really awesome person might have written an article on this earlier in Small Wars Journal)
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