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 […]

“I Don’t Think We Should Reassure Our Enemy”

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.

Diversity Thursday: A Gaggle of Bigots??

Commander Sal nails it again. AGAIN. We have an all volunteer force. You get those who have the interest and entering qualifications to raise their right hand. Does [SecNav Mabus] think there is active discrimination against women and minorities in accessions and promotion? If so, who is being brought up on charges? I hope he doesn’t, because that would mean that he has led that gaggle of bigots for over half a decade – but don’t worry, he doesn’t. No, he is just trying to sound all aflutter because graphs don’t match. He wants them to – but to do […]

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 […]

There is more to strategy than bombs

In an earlier post on the philosophy of grand strategy, there were five elements to strategy presented for your consideration. [The] five elements that when synchronized to achieve unity of effort creates grand strategy. These five elements are Diplomacy (external but also internal to the US population), Industry, Military, Economy and Will (DIME-W). President of the United States Obama stated he has no strategy for protecting America from ISIS. The latest statement from the POTUS describes his goal as making ISIS “manageable,” like ISIS is just a perm gone bad. The way ISIS is being handled brings to mind an […]

(BTW, Fournier is No Sort of Conservative)

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 […]

George Santayana doesn’t blog here

But our readers and commenters here at Op-for.com have taken to heart the prescriptions of the venerated American man of letters, philosopher, essayist and novelist. Thank you to George Warren and others for the reminder. From Austin Bay: Expansionist dictators take until stopped by superior power. For these beasts, peace is war by other means, and the other means always involve deception. Idiots walking. Indeed.

And So It Began (1939 Version)

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 […]

Idiots Walking

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, […]

Failure To Lead: The Islamic State Ascends

I recently shared amongst the five of us the first dispatch from VICE News on the Islamic State.  If you don’t have HBO, fear not VICE News posts everything onto their website and youtube channel.  Where these guys go makes Michael Yon look an amateur of epic proportions.  They go and get the story, for you and I. Today the top American Advisor in Iraq, LTGEN Mick Bednarek, was quoted saying: “This is not just an Iraqi issue. This is not just a regional issue. This is a common enemy issue that we’ve got to address.” Remember the $100M that went […]