Sgt. First Class James Litchford, 43, from Hattiesburg, Miss., said he would plan a frontal assault on a major U.S. base. The attackers should grab the Americans “by the belt,” he said — that is, get so close to the base so fast that the defenders wouldn’t dare use air strikes or artillery for fear of hitting their own men. Then the insurgents would swarm through the base defenses, he said.”

All you’ve got to do is overrun it,” he said. “You don’t have to hold it.” The news media would do the rest, he said, boosting the insurgents’ standing in Afghanistan and damaging morale back in the U.S.