Strike first, strike hard, no mercy!
- Dec 15, 2006
- New Zealand
Shame he didn't. I hope those negotiation documents get declassed in the future, I'd love to read them.
The US' view of COIN is a self-fulfilling prophesy: COIN will never work therefore we'll fail at COIN.
COIN isn't sexy, flashy, nor does it play well on TV. It doesn't involve tanks, carriers, or stealth aircraft; the US will never support COIN nor understand it even as the odds increase that we'll see it again and again.
I don't understand why, considering the UK's successful COIN Op's in Oman ..
Because it won't allow wannabe 4-stars a stage on which to strut and preen nor does it require vast sums of cutting-edge kit. Our military and MICC won't stand for it.
It was at least 20 years before it came out the the UK had SAS in Oman as opposed to the BATT teams they said were there.
Not that it was COIN but look at the USA's involvement in Afghanistan. A hugely successful specops campaign tat destroyed the Taliban/Al Qaeda with very few men and very few resources in a short amount of time. Then they went ahead and virtually invaded the country with a massive machine that has done what? drain the taxpayers wallet and steadily handed the country back to the Taliban. Unfuckingbeleiveable. Generals are the bain of the Military here, add fuckwit politicians and you have the perfect storm of incompetence and idiocy. Some would say to the point of being treasonous.
That's circular reasoning, not a self fulfilling prophecy.COIN will never work therefore we'll fail at COIN.