Colombia defeats a 50 plus year insurgency

Washington Post:
‘Plan Colombia’: How Washington learned to love Latin American intervention again

After 16 years and $10 billion, the once-controversial security aid package is celebrated today by many Republicans and Democrats as one of the top U.S. foreign policy achievements of the 21st century.
It was not just an aid package.  The US special ops helped Colombia's army to develop a plan for counterinsurgency warfare.  The plan worked because Colombia was willing to stick with it.  If the US had shown the same determination in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of Obama's policy of retreat, those countries and the US would have been better off.

You have to have strategic patience to defeat an insurgency and despite giving lip service to the concept, Obama and the Democrats just did not have it.

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