About half this number would be made up of three Army Combat Aviation Brigades dispersed to several bases, and a few thousand special forces working with whatever local infantry units could be formed. The other half would be various units defending and supplying the bases, maintaining equipment, and supporting the combat force in other ways. Only about one-fourth of the total number would have assignments that would involve them in combat. The centerpiece of this force would be quick-reaction units of helicopter-borne infantry, about 1,200 in all, on call at several bases and very heavily supported by armed helicopters and other aircraft.
What we are seeing now is the start of a much smaller effort whose main element is the 3d Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division. This brigade, which will take some time to reach Kuwait from Colorado, is not nearly as mobile as the aviation brigades suggested in the study, but it is much heavier than one of them. It normally would have, for example, eighteen 155mm. howitzers, several dozen armored fighting vehicles, and as many as a hundred heavily armored main battle tanks.
This is not a quick-reaction force--it would not be able to pursue jihadists in pickup trucks very well, or rush to reinforce local fighters who had come under fire. The idea behind it seems to be to give the put the smallest possible number of U.S. servicemen in harm's way while giving them the most possible protection.
Last edited by matchlight; 02-19-15 at 02:31 PM.
None of this appears to make any practical or tactical sense.
I have no doubt that Barack Hussein Obama feels much more sympathetic to foreign Muslims than he does to the men who founded the country whose interests he is supposed to be defending. That is exactly why he has been bowing and scraping to foreign Muslims ever since he first became president. It is the reason he refuses to admit what is obvious to most people in the civilized world--that Islamic jihadists, far from having nothing to do with Islam, are directly inspired by the most orthodox Islamic texts.
Their religion, Islam, was founded by a brutal warrior who thought nothing of subjugating and murdering various peoples by the thousands, if they did not adopt his beliefs. These modern jihadists are only taking Mohammed's views more literally than most Muslims. They are members of a cult of cruelty and murder that celebrates violence for its own sake. In this sense they have something in common with the ancient cult of thuggee in India, although they have infested more of the earth than the thugs ever did, and have more sympathizers. I think nothing would discredit Islamic jihadists more than exposing their military weakness. And killing them--and their sympathizers, if they interfere--on a scale that makes their own efforts look puny would show just how weak they are in real warfare.