Two concepts here:Holing up in a static base, with zero control over what goes on outside the base is the worst idea possible. A unit must remain fluid and control of the terrain, in order to exploit tactical misteps made by the enemy.
-Strategic/operational offense and tactical defense are not mutually exclusive. Strategically or operationally putting your force someplace the enemy cannot afford to let you stay forces him to attack you. If, tactically, you're better off on the defense, this is a better option that a simple offensie action where you seek out an emplaced enemy.
-Counter attacks and/or exploting 'exploit tactical misteps made by the enemy' are a natural part of the tactical defensive. Being on the tactical defensive necessitates, rather than precludes, their use.
Last edited by Goobieman; 07-20-09 at 03:25 PM.
They only have to be successful ONE time while we would have to be right 100% of the time. Do you know any REAL situation where one is right 100% of the time?
Your Gettysburg example is comparing an orange to an apple. The North knew the enemy was coming, knew where they were heading and therefore could plan a defensive network to counter their attack.
HUGE difference comparing a massive army invading and a few bold murderous terrorists who think nothing of blowing themselves up to kill as many of our people as they can.
Reading stuff like this makes it unfortunately painfully obvious that Americans have learned NOTHING from the events of 9-11 and have been quick to forget them.
As Bush indicated before we went into Iraq and Afghanistan, the best tactic would be to support and assist countries in establishing secular Democracies that respect life and their neighbors. Prosperity is the best way to battle terrorism combined with persistence and perseverance by all nations interested in the respect and dignity of human kind to stamp out this religion of ignorance; that of a false belief that it is okay to murder others because they choose not to agree with your beliefs.
Unfortunately and because Osama was correct about the lack of American/Western will, we have lost sight of this FACT and perhaps will once again abandon our allies and friends in their time of desperate need for the false Liberal belief that hunkering down is a better strategy than actively being engaged with our allies and enemies. The lessons of WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and 9-11 are all but forgotten and collective memory of the nation is once more illustrative of lemmings than it is reasoned and logical.
Obviously, it's MET-T, but you can't dispose of your unit's ability to shoot and move so as to take the initiative, when the oppurtunity presents itself. I understand your point and you're right. However, what Repter is suggesting, is that we confine our forces to a static defense and disregard efforts to interrupt the enemy's flow of logistics and/or his ability to maneuver at will.
Yes.However, what Repter is suggesting, is that we confine our forces to a static defense and disregard efforts to interrupt the enemy's flow of logistics and/or his ability to maneuver at will.
As noted before, I was simply taking exception to your implication that you should never hunker down and wait for the enemy to come to you