Military Review English Edition March-April 2016 - Page 122

MR REVIEW ESSAY COUNTERINSURGENCY What the United States Learned in Vietnam, Chose to Forget, and Needs to Know Today David Donovan, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 224 pages Col. Eric Walters, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired F rom the title of this book, one could be forgiven for thinking that it was published when the situation in Iraq was devolving into insurgency in late 2003. It wasn’t; however, if it had been, perhaps military leaders of all ranks and senior political figures might have adapted far more quickly to what was happening then. Standing where we are today, in the immediate aftermath of two counterinsurgency wars and current involvement advising the Iraqi government against the Islamic State, one could also imagine some future volume similarly titled, only substituting Iraq and Afghanistan for Vietnam. David Donovan is the pen name of Terry T. Turner, a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia’s Department of Urology. He is also the author of Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam, an account of his tour as a Special Forces advisor in that country when U.S. involveme