Right now is NOT the time to be putting US service personnel on the ground. We should be selling EVERYONE over in that ****hole the means to kill each other off. Charge ISIL full confiscatory boat for the equipment they buy, and pretend to sell their enemies weapons at full price but cut them fat discounts courtesy of ISIL. If we want people involved over there really badly congress can issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal to our PMC's and let them go do business with the Kurds and Iraqi's for a nice fee. Us as a nation stays out of the conflict. Let the Jihadi's have irony of paying for their own destruction.
Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
The Brits and French where in no condition for war. Stop lying. Seriously. Do all extreme partisans have a lying quota they have to make daily?
You aren't a partisan? Are you kidding me? Even the right leaning moderators can't agree with that. Anything you say is tainted due to your obscene level of partisan behavior.Again, you are making it up as you go along. No partisanship here. I am an a conservative independent who has little use for establishment politicians in either party. And your suggestion that the author of "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" was a partisan is utterly hilarious. The author is dead and gone now, however in all probability he was a liberal. He was a journalist. He was in Germany most of the time WW2 was going on and he was a well respected war correspondant and historian. I suggest you read the book and perhaps avoid looking foolish in the future.
And you think they should have gone to war with that? Please, why?That was Chamberlains way of admitting that the UK was caught with it's pants down around it's ankles. There was a reason the UK was not ready for war. When war broke out, they had their military spread out all over the third world taking care of their colonies. That was a price that the UK paid for centuries of imperialism.
Wrong. The US military was geared for conventional warfare. We were not ready at all for COIN operations and it showed. Even Rumsfeld admitted we were not ready with his line "you go to war with the army you have." How can you claim we were ready for war.....yet not ready for the actual combat we saw? That logically does not make sense.Yet again, you are making it up as you go along. The US military was very much ready for war. It had the troops as well as the highest technology equipment available in modern times. What the US was not ready for and did not foresee was the level of the insurgency. However that had nothing to do with battle readiness. It was a matter of how long it took to plan and carry out the surge strategy
Read Lt. Col Nagal's work. Especially considering he was there in Iraq, he was placed on the COIN think tank and reported directly to the top. No, the US was not ready and you are ignorant for saying so.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu