The United States faces extraordinarily difficult problems in dealing with insurgencies in, say, Vietnam and Laos in that it is an indirect object of these insurgencies. Though aimed at the United States, these insurgencies are not conducted against the United States, but rather against the 'native' governments. We operate at one remove. And because we operate at one remove, we face difficulties and problems which are almost unique in the history of counterinsurgency.
"Theory and Practice of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 15
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol15/iss7/3