There is also sense from Juan Cole.
This is good, and I would like to say various things but for some reason I can't comment at JK's any more.
And slathering bigot comes out with something amusing:
The irony is that I always intended the COINdinista label to be affectionate. It plays upon what I think is the deep-seated wanderlust of the prominent counter-insurgents: They actually would rather be insurgents.
There's something swashbuckling about you and Kilcullen and pretty much anyone else who quotes Lawrence. You see, Lawrence was a revolutionary, really, not a counter-insurgent. For all his bluster, Nir is something of a pirate, too. And Gentile, supposedly the Czar of the Cointras, also has this personality trait.
To truly understand counter-insurgency, you secretly must want to be an insurgent.