Kelley B. Vlahos

Repeating the Iraq disaster in Afghanistan


Kelley B. Vlahos, longtime political reporter for, discusses her controversial article “Gian Gentile: Exposing Counterfeit COIN,” the enduring myth of the Petraeus “surge” success story, the re-emergence of a counterinsurgency cult devoted to the clear-build-hold doctrine and the prominent role the neoliberal CNAS plays in the Obama administration.

MP3 here. (27:04)

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer, is a longtime political reporter for, a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine and featured columnist.

3 thoughts on “Kelley B. Vlahos”

  1. Best one-liner I’ve heard about coin is: just because there is counterinsurgency strategy, does that mean we should do it?

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