Correspondence: Assessing the Synergy Thesis
We welcome the opportunity to respond to Jon Lindsay and Austin Long’s and John
Hagan, Joshua Kaiser, and Anna Hansen’s comments on “Testing the Surge”. Our critics
disagree not only with us, but also with each other: Lindsay and Long argue that we
understate the Sunni Awakening’s importance; Hagan et al. think we exaggerate it. In
fact, we got it about right.