I respect Bing West’s expertise on COIN but I think when it comes to tolerating dissenting views he has become a bully. I wrote about it a while back, and now I’m happy to see my hero Abu Muqawama agrees:
West returned from Vietnam a young Marine Corps captain and dedicted his life to bettering America’s national security. In that way, he set a template for like-minded veterans — myself included — to follow. But this piece in SWJ — like the one in Forbes — is ugly and arrogant and intolerant of a new generation of soldiers, journalists and analysts trying to wrap their heads around contemporary conflicts in the same way West once did.