Rise of the Irregulars

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  1. On FP Rise of the Irregulars by Robert Haddick
    My bold, an interesting idea. Not really new, Langley got pretty hefty in the cold war as well.

    It's also something of a boondoggle, standing armies are big government, they aren't profit making enterprises, but folk get fat on contracting. That finally means lobbying power in DC and so the circle continues. And unlike the Cold War there is no looming existential threat to restrain expansion, the amorphous GWOT is nearly ideal for this.
     
  2. Proxy warfighting
     
  3. Wow! There's a new idea! Like the Zhob Militia, the Tochi Scouts, the South Waziristan Scouts, the Khyber Rifles?
     
  4. IIRC, Christians in Action did'nt exactly cover themselves in glory during the paramilitary operations of the Cold War. The CIA spent $millions sending equipment etc to "resistance groups" within the Soviet Union, the vast majority of whom were killed or turned by the KGB. The attempts to kill Castro were so inept they read like a piss-take of a James Bond move; exploding cigars, chemicals to make Castro's beard fall out, a female assassin who fell in love with Castro...

    Yes, the CIA helped turn the Mujahadeen in to a very effective force, mainly by providing them with Stingers and the training to use them. Unfortunately, we all know how that turned out in the end...
     
  5. Funny enough I had the same thought standing outside John Adam's house in 1775
     
  6. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    Probably the most effective 'irregular' campaign by the US was its Military Advisory Group to El Salvador in the 1980s.
     
  7. Put that right for you
     
  8. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    Nah, the French won that for them!
     
  9. Were you the cnut who stood in the crowd shouting fire on the 5th March 1770.