The one term Marxist has already declared victory and fled Iraq. Is it okay for me to hate the one term Marxist for what he has done to us?
We are gathering intelligence and striking individuals in Pakistan. We are killing him. And we should break his things in Pakistan.
I do not know but suspect we have special operators in a large number of countries developing target packages for strikes when the right time comes.
The situation was in doubt for nearly the entire war. Would you force me back to books read long ago and long since forgotten? Okay. Let us begin with the indispensable man, George Washington. He had vision, integrity, courage (immense physical courage), and character. Without him it is unlikely that the colonists could have prevailed.How could a bunch of Yankee colonial settlers take on the might of the British Army?
On the other side of the coin we have the British commanders whose hearts were not all in it.
More details please.How could an impoverished people in the Desert take on the British, Russian, and US Army?
What was their goal? Did they achieve it?How could a bunch of impoverished Irish civillians take on the British Army?
Clarify so I can answer you.How could a guy like Fidel Castro or Che Guevara come to power?
How could Mao Zedong come to power?
Castro was a Marxist. He probably had Soviet backing as a community organizer. He failed many times. I think his success came from his persistence. Guevara? What did he have power over? He was Castro's friend. He was attractive and charismatic. He was a smart guy turned bad. Very, very bad.
It works when one's opponents are not in it to win it. Otherwise it fails. The way to bet is with the professional soldiers backed by their nation's people.This type of warfare has been used effectivley countless times throughout history, and throughout Afghanistans history.
Thank you for your short tutorial. I own, and have read, ten books on insurgency and irregular warfare. Between then I have read a bit less than 4,000 pages of histories of irregular warfare. Irregulars do not always win. When governments select the right goals and objectives, then match the means to the end they seldom win.Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants including, but not limited to, armed civilians (or "irregulars") use military tactics, such as ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, the element of surprise, and extraordinary mobility to harass a larger and less-mobile traditional army, or strike a vulnerable target, and withdraw almost immediately.
A better way to think of it is that one side can attack the other in ways that the second is unable or unwilling to counter. The US edge in asymmetric war is our ability to gather intelligence world wide, turn it into actionable information and kill when we choose to.A better term to have been used for this conflict would have been - Asymmetric warfare which is war between belligerents whose relative military power differs significantly, or whose strategy or tactics differ significantly.
"Their" edge is in getting people to strap lethal weapons to their bodies and turn themselves and others into dead meat. Theirs is cheaper and if we are unwilling to stay and counter the homicide bombers by default they win.
What is this? Is it an out of place bit of Sun Tzu? LOL. Okay.Terrain can be used as a force multiplier by the smaller force and as a force inhibitor against the larger force. Such terrain is called difficult terrain.
The people in a region have some advantages. I accept that initially the local people know the terrain better. They have no better ability than we to "take" casualties. Every killing is an enormous burden, just as much to our enemies as it is to us.The locals have the advantage against the foreign military. The other multipliers are population, local knowledge, ability to take casulties, influence on outside media. The hearts and minds of the local population are the key factor in winning such a war.
I accept that the left wing, anti-American media is a problem. They are a huge gift to our enemies. They are going out of business as people recognize just how against America our media are.
Hearts and minds can be won in many ways. I suggest that key is to stay. When the one term Marxist tells everyone we are leaving what impact do you think that has on those who want to be on our side?
I despise defeatists. I suppose I just cannot understand such pathetic beings.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
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