John Nagl on the Daily Show

August 23, 2007
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jacket imageUpdated on August 24: The Daily Show interview of Lt. Col. Nagl is viewable on YouTube. It may not be there for long.
Making our debut as the inside source for UCP celebrity news, we’re excited to announce that Lt. Col. John Nagl will be appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight at 10:00 PM CST, to discuss The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. The result of unprecedented collaboration among top U.S. military experts, scholars, and practitioners of U.S. counterinsurgency operations, The Manual documents a revolutionary change in U.S. military doctrine. Nagl, who wrote a foreword for the Manual, will presumably be discussing how the document’s emphasis on the importance of decentralized decision-making, the need to understand local politics and customs, and the key role of intelligence in winning the support of the population promises a vast change in U.S. military strategy—but on the Daily Show you never know.
Nagl has also recently contributed to the Press’s re-publication of the United States Army’s Instructions for American Servicemen in Iraq during World War II, and released a book, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam—both offering more relevant and fascinating insights into U.S. military strategy.
Read an excerpt from the Counterinsurgency Field Manual or the preface to Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife.

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One Response to John Nagl on the Daily Show

  1. God loves you on August 21, 2007 at 1:54 ami

    So what your saying is it’s not so much about the facts as about how the facts have been presented so as to be accepted. That’s a really interesting idea. Kinda like how tv news anchors talk in certain ways to establish themselves as athorities so that what they say is accepted more readily.

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