Diplomacia y Contrainsurgencia

El profesor José Ignacio Torreblanca -a quien saludo- publicó ayer en El País Clavos y martillos un comentario sobre el denominado "smart power" y la nueva doctrina COIN de los EE.UU. vinculadas a la Administración Obama.

Para el nivel español, representa una buena divulgación no exenta de errores de detalle en las fuentes y de algún comentario gratuíto. Se agradece, a un lado y otro del charco, la aportación. Va por el buen camino al recomendar la integración de la Diplomacia, lo Militar y lo Empresarial -incluídas, por ser empresas, todas las ONG's- en la definición de una Estrategia Nacional de Seguridad y Defensa que deben, como no, liderar los diplomáticos.

Las "harkas" del otro lado me sugieren que inserte, como hago abajo, comentario editorial del US Naval Institute a proposito del libro de Robert Earle Nights in the Pink Motel. An American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace in Iraq (Annapolis: USNI:2008) donde se describe el origen práctico de las propuestas que finalmente han cuajado con la Administración Obama. Me encanta que esté Ricks recomendando el libro...

Robert Earle es un diplomático que, despues de servir con el embajador Negroponte en Irak, ha trabajado con discrección los últimos años como consejero del Director Nacional de Inteligencia, DNI. Sólo cabe agregar que conoce bien España.


"Nights in the Pink Motel is full of unique details and insights that only and insider could provide."- Foreign Service Journal

"Engaging, insightful and challenging. Robert Earle's Nights ...... could not be more timely. He brings new light and perspectives on a topic that has been and remains critical in our times." - John L. Esposito, Georgetown University Professor and co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think

"Earle offers up a behind-the-scenes view of life from Baghdad's Green Zone. He is a natural writer with a great ear, and a good feel for how the U.S. government really works and talks in Iraq." -Thomas E. Ricks, author, FIASCO: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, and military correspondent, The Washington Post

Robert Earle presents a firsthand account of the strategic process that sought to reverse the negative consequences of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. He offers an insider's details and insights into the early attempts to deal with the Iraqi insurgency and to develop Coalition counterinsurgency plans. His book is a sustained, comprehensive account of all the conflicting factors that have made Iraq such an intractable international crisis.

Recruited as his senior advisor by John Negroponte, the first U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Earle documents the Coalition's uncertainty about the nature of the insurgent/terrorist enemies and explores the impediments frustrating the massive, $18 billion U.S. reconstruction effort. He recounts helping to formulate a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy, issued jointly in a unique collaboration by Ambassador Negroponte and Multinational Force-Iraq Commanding General George Casey.

Upon drafting the strategy, Earle was evacuated from Iraq because of a massive deep vein thrombosis in his left thigh. Arriving home, Earle thought his nightmare assignment in Iraq was over, but Negroponte requested that he return to Baghdad to write a message to the president explaining that U.S. policy was failing and offering an alternative approach. Casey, meanwhile, asked Earle to assess the evolution of Iraqi politics and possible outcomes of the risky January 2005 election. Returning to Iraq over the strenuous objections of State Department doctors, Earle worked to complete his assignments from dingy offices within Saddam Hussein's former presidential palace in Baghdad's Green Zone that he dubbed the ""Pink Motel."" Digging deeper into his mission, he was faced with the difficult realities of the effort to end the violence and to build lasting peace.

Robert Earle has held senior positions in the U.S. foreign affairs and intelligence communities for twenty-five years, including serving as Ambassador Negroponte's senior adviser in Iraq and later as Counselor to the Director of National Intelligence. The recipient of the Christian A. Herter Award for outstanding contributions to American diplomacy, he is also the author of a novel, The Way Home, as well as short stories and essays. He resides in Arlington, VA.

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