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 […]
General Mattis and Ambassador Crocker weigh in on the emerging strategy to manage confront ISIS ISIL IS. There’s more to it than just that, so I enjoin you to read the whole thing. I had not yet heard Gen Mattis on the subject; as usual he’s very much worth listening to. As ETP0802 pointed out in a different forum, he has some experience in these matters.
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 […]
Who watched last night? I, alas, did not. There was a little intra-Op-For commentary behind the scenes, but I did not participate. Anyone care to comment?
Again from the good offices of MDL, this from Defense One– “The Summer of Obama’s Caution and America’s Discontent.” An excerpt, emphasis mine: He tries to manage the world as he hopes it will be, rather than lead the world as it is. Yes, foreign policy is hard. These issues are both historic and existential. The American public is fickle. Congress is all but useless. And our allies in Europe are loathe to lead—or even to pay a fair price for fighting threats closer to their borders than our own. But that’s why only one person gets to be president of […]
As presented in 2009, and updated for 2014.
URR reminds us, in this this centennial of the Great War, of the follow-on act and how it was brought about. In 1914, the world was plunged accidentally into a bloodletting that spiraled out of control, by incompetent and irresponsible leaders in the nations of Europe. In 1939, the world was again plunged into bloodletting, this time deliberately so by monsters who spewed their hatred and made no secret of their plans for conquest and subjugation. Following a half a decade of weakness and appeasement from the Western democracies, whose desperation to avoid war only fueled the appetite of the […]
As I watched various college football games last night it dawned on me that those sitting in the stands were unaware that the world they know is slowly disintegrating. When the history of 2014 is written a hundred years hence (provided of course there are any humans left) instead of a historian calling his work Sleepwalkers a historian in 2114 will entitled it Idiots Walking. Why do you ask, for it is clear that the current administration and much of the world does not understand the dangerous games being played out in the Ukraine and the Middle East. Too many, […]
Might as well. It’s unoccupied. The Won used to teach Alinksy and Cloward-Piven in his days before the Presidency, when he just used to just golf and give speeches. We will find out in 5 months whether his foreign policy is by design, or purely accidental. h/t Slater for the video link
**Updated** The times make the man, and the men who defined strategy for the past two hundred years have been shaped by near-constant or very long wars, and informed by philosophies that brought perspective to the question of what assures victory in war? Clauswitz spent his years fighting, learning and teaching about Napoleon. The French Emperor at the time was more a force of nature, and master of the operational and tactical arts. While Napoleon owned the battlefield, he failed France and Europe in terms of economy, diplomacy, and industry. France’s strategic force, its navy, was expended in futile combat with the […]