In the end, the Rumsfeld Pentagon was unwilling to make the cuts in expensive weapons systems that would have allowed it to create new combat units and other resources necessary for a proper counterinsurgency strategy.
gennithmedic said:Thanks for the post Yank_Eyetie.
A lot of coherent thought there, probably over our heads.
I know the Aussies have a big following in the US with Hackworth's believers. Mostly because they're right and good blokes too.
As a lay pilgrim I couldn't grasp the psychoanalyses of the terrorist. I don't think I would agree with a analysis of myself. And I have a habit of changing. Bottom line who cares what I think, it's what I do that counts.
I was a bit disappointed that the Commonwealth Borneo campaign in the 60's was not examined. Why, cause we won, on the cheap on behalf of the people who live there. Also what about Rajah Brooke? He did a good job. With 8 chums, some guns and a lot of gumption. I know he's hard to believe but truth is stranger thane fiction.
But the only bit which caught in my throat was,
"Your task is to become the world expert in your district."
Nice theory but 'kinell. How would you feel if some alien dropped down from above and became the world expert on you? I'm not the world expert on me, I change from day to day and God keeps telling me to do things...
I cannot KNOW someone, same as you occasionally get surprised by wifey. But you can make yourself useful.
Here's Genni's theory;
The people who live there ulitimately decide it's future.
If you want to be in that future you'd better make yourself useful to them. Humility, flexibility and understand TE Lawrence- don't just read him.
After all he must be right 'cause he's Welsh.
I wasn't to impressed; except for his refering to T. E. Lawrence's works, which have been required reading for American Special Forces, since the start. Along with Mao and others through the decades.
Perhaps, he impresses the conventional thinkers; however, I think we in the American SF, have better people then this Aussie on tap, if they would listen to them.
Many here forget that most of the successful counter-insurgency wars that have been won are those who had stable closed borders. Vietnam, Afganistan and Iraq had or have VERY unstable porous borders, which they can retreat over when things get to hot, as well are supplied and trained in those countries.
"To make war upon rebellion is messy and slow, like eating soup with a knife" -TE Lawrence."
armchair_jihad said:Trip, the reason that the Aussie is listened to more than US 'experts' is that the Union Flag is part of the Australian Flag and that the Queen is their Head Of State. Obviously this puts him streets ahead of characters who think that owning all of the back issues of Soldier Of Fortune makes them an expert.
meiktilaman said:But did he not have to leave the RAF when they discovered who he was and joined the tankies hence the reason why he was living near Bovington when he died? Or have i got it the wrong way round?