We Can't Win Against Guerrillas
An excellent piece. If I have any disagreement,
it with your comment about 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation warfare, as if these
neat little categories could be separated in battle, and guerrilla warfare was
used mobile warfare (so-called 3rd), but this was prefaced by hours of artillery
bombardment (so-called 2nd) with our shells with proximity fuses invented in
our armory in the 1920s. This induced a terrible toll on Wehrmacht soldiers,
as shown in interviews as to why they surrendered.
warfare has more to do with ideology (perhaps what one might call "grand
strategy") than with tactics of a 4th generation variety.
worldview of the American Revolution died off over a century ago, when we institutionalized
our empire, and we now fight our wars with mercenaries: volunteers, career professionals,
and hired private forces.
Even then, some
of these professionals, even in the CIA, have a higher ethical code of honor
and war than the mendacious elected politicians and their minions who run the
The feckless Congress
and the populi be damned!
MUST have more Arabic linguists, and we must have more operatives who are culturally
sensitive to the region. Two solutions are obvious.
First: stop getting
rid of linguists who are homosexuals. I don't want to confuse this issue with
the "don't ask, don't tell" problem in the military, nor try to solve that hairy
problem using the current need. Yet these skilled persons could be used in other
organizations to great benefit. One caution: use them at a distance from Iraq,
where homosexuality in most communities is punished by death.
is precedent for using even native-born linguists and giving them adequate clearance
to do their job. I once commanded a unit of native-born Russians, Poles, Czechs,
and East Germans – all "Lodge Act" enlistees in the U.S. Army – who
handled tough translation jobs requiring some of the highest access, and we
did it without compromising the nation. For many years we required annual polygraphs,
but we never had a known act of espionage. The few that we got rid of over time
were eliminated for mental health reasons and not security reasons. Some of
these folks completed careers in the Army and went on to work in highly classified
positions for other U.S. agencies.
The current problem
just means that there is no one left in government with any imagination at all.
They'll tell you that they can't afford to vet them so they lump them all together
and deny the necessary clearances. What ever happened to "pay any price, bear
~ Lt. Col. Sanford
Cook, USA (ret.)
You an 'Unlawful Combatant'?
I was one of the
naive ones in India in 1975, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared emergency.
I thought, I have nothing to fear because I am law-abiding and have nothing
to hide. My illusions vanished when a distant relative in a backwater village
was thrown into jail for refusing to sell a bar of soap to a policeman. When
he was released after Mrs. Gandhi was defeated in 1977, he was a broken man.
His wife died, and his children were displaced. He died a little while later.
This person was the last person you would expect to break any law.
Those of us who
think we have nothing to hide should learn about what happened to India between
1975 and 1977. Remember, this is the world's largest democracy, not any police
Yes, Justin, I
dread with you and your Arab friend. Fortunately for India, Mrs. Gandhi realized
her mistake or developed some misgivings about the thugs surrounding her and
called elections and was thrown out. God forbid if it comes to that; will we
be so lucky?
I am too old to
worry about myself, but I dread with you for our beloved country.
Relations With Japan
with America's East Asian nuclear umbrella. The issue of nuclear weapons ultimately
is one for the Japanese people, not the American government. Some wonder whether
Tokyo could be trusted with the bomb. Do they mean compared to unstable Pakistan
or authoritarian China?"
Being a member
of NPT carries a requirement of nonproliferation, therefore if Tokyo and the
U.S. or any other members of the NPT are against Iran, North Korea, or any other
countries having access to the bomb, so should they be against the bomb for
Japan. It is very irresponsible to have the attitude of the above quote when
it comes to the friendly allies. That will give the impression that all these
limits and international laws and treaties are for some and not for all.
~ Matt Walsh
have a technical question: how do I navigate on the blog page to a previous
blog page? This used to be a simple point-and-click operation, but I can't figure
out how to do it anymore.
~ Heinz Blasnik
added navigation to the individual blog posts. Thanks for reading!