The announced “new” strategy of the Obama administration, given this March in a speech at West Point, was a counter-insurgency strategy. That was the justification for the surge in Afghanistan – to put more boots on the ground to enable the “clear, hold and secure the population” that is called for by classic counter-insurgency doctrine.
Though Prohibition ended more than 75 years ago, many of the archaic alcohol regulations enacted upon repeal live on long past their usefulness. In eighteen American states, the government still controls the sale and distribution of liquor. That may be changing in at least three of them.