I agree. I will take it a little further and suggest that, while, 'yes' for the record Petraeus is an evil little man..but COIN is utterly terrifying in its effectiveness and with his (Petraeus) possible re-start into potentially 'the' catbird seat, well..we..the American People..are IN a COIN operation right now. You don't need to read the whole thing FM 3-24..just start on wikipedia and after examining and digesting the image there ...'the 3 pillars of COIN'..you tell me 'nahh..we're not being subjected to counterinsurgency doctrine..bahh..'. Its all right there. "Control" of media, "Using" the public to create their own 'need a change in their government"...it goes on and on. I would also contend that it is the exact sneering arrogance sans any real deep 'look' that has led the "Left" and the author to make immediate political based assumptions like '..the Iraq war was a failure..'. Was it? Was it really now? No! It was EXACTLY what Cheney and Rumsfeld and their minions set out to accomplish. Destabilized the entire region and militarized America in the process..(you all realize we're still officially in "COG" right? Continuity of Government? Suspension of certain Civil Liberties. Look it up if you like). These guys are 'dopes'..sure. Aren't ALL Fascists? After all fascism is ultimately unworkable..bad move. But they are lethally effective and look around..to my eye's they have not really messed up yet. Getting just what they want and making US finance it all. Brilliant actually. Even 'elegant'. 'Course its also all pure evil..I mean genuinely 'Mephistophilian' (sic?)..satanic..truly. But...effective.
EDIT: In fact..can I reacquaint everyone with 'The' appropriate context and terminology for the brand of Bureaucrat Petraeus represents? I'll do it anyway..here goes:
"The Banality Of Evil".
That was the description used for Eichmann during his trial in Israel. The man killed millions with..a typewriter..and still looked bored.