A thought provoking piece on COIN theory and the lengths you sometimes have to go to.
One cannot help but be struck by the parallels which exist between the case of Jim Gant and that of the insurgent supporter TE Lawrence whose name has been paraphrased for the title. Both mem were highly unorthodox in their approaches and yet both achieved remarkable results, far in excess of what had been expected.
Yet in their triumph lay their failure. Success bred the contempt of their peers and any faults which they had were pounced upon mercilessly.