Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq

Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq

by James R. Arnold

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Overview

The end of the Cold War promised a new, more peaceful era was at hand. But with the escalation of violence by terrorists, insurgents, and guerillas, former CIA director James Woolsey said "After forty-five years of fighting a dragon we finally killed it, and now instead, we find ourselves standing in a jungle with a bunch of snakes." The emergence of a fresh set of conflicts has forced militaries across the world to reevaluate their strategies or risk never-ending conflicts with insurgencies. James Arnold traces the successes and failures of counter-insurgency in the 20th century. He examines the US in the Philippines, the British in Malaysia, the France in Algeria, and the US in Vietnam, with an epilogue that looks at Iraq, where American generals are striving to apply the lessons of the previous conflicts. In A Jungle Full of Snakes, Arnold shows that the tug of war over civilian support and the build up of a strong central government are crucial victories for any attempted counter-insurgency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608191802
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 331,951
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

James Arnold is a Civil War and military historian and author of Tet Offensive 1968: Turning Point in Vietnam.
James Arnold is a Civil War and military historian and author of Tet Offensive 1968: Turning Point in Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Philippine Insurrection

1 An American Victory Yields a Guerrilla War 11

2 Chastising the Insurrectos 26

3 The War Is Won Again 36

4 The Policy of Destruction 50

5 Why the Americans Won 63

Part 2 The War in Algeria

6 Terror on All Saints' Day 75

7 Terror Without Limits 86

8 The Question of Morality 97

9 The Enclosed Hunting Preserve 110

10 The Sense of Betrayal 120

Part 3 The Malayan Emergency

11 Crisis in Malaya 133

12 Personality and Vision 142

13 A Modern Cromwell 155

14 Victory in Malaya 167

Part 4 The Vietnam War

15 In Search of a New Enemy 183

16 Pacification, Marine Corps Style 195

17 Progress and Setback 203

18 The Army's Other War 217

19 Lessons from a Lost War 230

Conclusion: Reflections on a War Without End 237

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 257

Bibliography 275

Index 285

Maps

Capture of Manila, August 13, 1898 13

Philippines 18

Luzon Military Departments 37

Philippines Showing Batangas and Balangiga 51

Algeria Showing Aures Massif and Kabylie 76

Algeria Showing Philippeville 87

The Challe Offensive, 1959-1960 112

The Federation of Malaya, 1948 169

South Vietnam Showing the Central Highlands 192

South Vietnam Showing Corps Boundaries 201

South Vietnam Showing Hau Nghia 219

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