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Screenshot of the cover of the April 2010 issue of COIN Common Sense

For some time, I’ve been documenting the effort to present General Stanley McChrystal’s COIN strategy as a warm, fuzzy program of which we should be proud, instead of the reality of night raids that kill and imprison innocent civilians, fueling the anger of insurgents. My most recent find in that propaganda campaign is truly a sight to behold.

Pictured above is a screenshot of the cover of the April, 2010 issue of COIN Common Sense, published by NATO and ISAF, who describe the newsletter in this way:

COIN Common Sense is a newsletter designed to spark discussions and enhance mindfulness of COIN principles and practices.

The newsletter even comes with fun activities! Here is a nifty crossword puzzle to be used in learning Dari:

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And see, it’s a joint activity, because the instructions say to "Ask your Afghan partner" if you don’t know the answer to one of the clues. This is just a brilliant development. I’m sure that as soon as all of our troops in Afghanistan learn to say "horse", "bathroom" and "apology" in Dari, all of our problems there will be solved.

Jim White

Jim White

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