Counterinsurgency by Air

A commenter on yesterday’s post on the subject drew my attention to both Charles Haney’s AP story “US Forces Step Up Air War: Bombing runs more than double from ’06” and William S. Lind’s comment upon it: “Nothing could testify more powerfully to the failure of U.S. efforts on the ground in Iraq than a ramp-up in airstrikes. Calling in air is the last, desperate, and usually futile action of an army that is losing. If anyone still wonders whether the ‘surge’ is working, the increase in air strikes offers a definitive answer: it isn’t.”

This seems right to me. Lind goes on to say further smart things.