The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

The Day Our World Stopped Turning

As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]

Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]

Let’s Arm Terrorists

Well we’re acting in Iraq, indirectly it seems.

Why We Should Not Act

I grew up in the background of the Iraq War.  Many people said then that it was the wrong war.  Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator.  The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us.  Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different.  What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear.  It was to establish a “City […]

In-Stride Book Review: Michael Collins and the Anglo-Irish War

I’m knee-deep in this book and am having a hard time putting it down. It is precisely what I thought it would be– an objective look at who Collins was (but not a biography), what he did and how he did it. And it is fascinating. The book is (attention VMI Warrior) mercifully free of any attachment to or bias against the central figure; I have yet to get the sense that he author cares one way or the other about Ireland’s struggle against the British. The author– a long serving intelligence officer– does however, have a clear professional regard […]

WWMCD?

  What, indeed? F the green beer and the BS parades, let’s talk real Irish matters. Anyone read these books, or related ones? Michael Collins and the Anglo-Irish War: Britain’s Counterinsurgency Failure The Squad: and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins Good topic to discuss. *** UPDATE *** By way of WRSA, this: In this celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, we should reflect on the liberation of Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century as a demonstration project of how it is done. Michael Collins would play a larger than life role in bringing this divorce in the court […]

Food For Thought: Reflections on Counter-Insurgency

As I was checking my email, I looked at my linkedIn discussions, a title hooked me in from the US Army Armor and Cavalry group. The discussion is about the “Myth of the Savior Generals” and  the adoption of counter-insurgency tactics and how General Petraeus became that savior.  As you dig deeper into the review of COL Gian Gentile’s book on his use of Counter-Insurgency doctrine: Then-Lt. Col. Gentile referred to FM 3-24 as a “superb piece of doctrinal writing”, and felt that its middle chapters were particularly useful for commanders in Iraq.  However, he heaped scorn upon a section of the […]

ISAF Clarifies Statement (?)

“ISAF clarifies information on partnering with ANSF:” KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 18, 2012) — Recent media coverage regarding a change in ISAF’s model of Security Force Assistance (SFA) to the Afghan National Security Forces is not accurate. ISAF remains absolutely committed to partnering with, training, advising and assisting our ANSF counterparts. The ISAF SFA model is focused at the battalion level and above, with exceptions approved by senior commanders. Partnering occurs at all levels, from Platoon to Corps. This has not changed. In response to elevated threat levels resulting from the “Innocence of Muslims” video, ISAF has taken some prudent, but temporary […]

We All Should Be Humble

First let me say this, I am glad that Bin Laden is dead.  I also glad, that our nation has men, like the SEALS, Delta, SF, Rangers, and Nightstalkers who do those thing that would make the average citizen recoil in horror.  We need men like this, for there are those whose agenda is to destroy our nation, there is no changing their minds, they are evil, and there is only one recourse—death. What I do find disturbing is the celebration of OBL death.  Most who were chanting and celebrating would never in their wildest dreams volunteer to join the […]