“Afghanistan: how the US army battled it out with the British”

“Your marines seem to have exceeded the ops plan,” a British lieutenant colonel told him.

“Well, of course,” Chretien replied. “They’re marines. They’re dogs of war. It’s what they do.”

When Chretien had informed a three-star British general who was visiting Anbar province that he was heading to Helmand, the general had said: “We want a marriage with you Yanks in Helmand, not a date rape.”

Part of a longer excerpt in the Guardian from “Little America”, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

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