The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Mao and the Iraqi / Afghani Insurgency

There are a wide variety of insurgent groups who have operated against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. Very few, if any, have followed a Maoist strategy. Some analysists believe that this fact proves that Mao’s Revolutionary War theory is not relevant to the type of adversaries faced by the U.S. in the GWOT. Are these analysists correct?


March 28, 2011 - Posted by | COIN, H300, military history, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. It appears to me that the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have followed a strategy that is more closely aligned to that of focoism, which advocates skipping the step of building political support among the people and moving directly to violent action. Of course, these comparisons don’t take into account the underlying importance for jihadists to follow the “Method of Muhammed.”

    Comment by Rachel Wienke, 17D | April 1, 2011

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