It appears that political correctness has infected many of our military brass, indeed even instructors in our military academies. It is one thing when politicians and cultural elites force it into our lives; it's quite dangerous, however, when those selected to protect us elevate political correctness over the necessity of vanquishing enemies intent on destroying us.
The author has an uncanny ability to completely miss the point. This is a counterinsurgency manual, not an all-encompassing manual on warfighting doctrine. The military's job is to execute within the limitations placed upon it by the civilian leadership. In the case of counterinsurgency, the manual states doctrine that is developing based upon lessons learned from fighting against insurgencies within those likely limitations. If the author has a problem with that then his beef should be with the civilian leadership, not the military. Just because the military lays out doctrine for how to fight certain kinds of wars in a certain way, that does not mean that the military prefers all wars to be executed in that manner or believes in the prudence of the limitations placed upon it by the civilian leadership.
The "Greatest Generation" would agree I am sure. WW2 was not faught with Kit gloves and we won. If we don't stop micromanaging this war we will surely lose in the long run.
I second that!!
The "progressives" and their ilk are good at hiding behind faux news reports and pointing fingers but no one wants to help bake the pie.
The problem all along is that our arrogant left think the Iraqis are not worth the effort.
As an Italian WW2 vet over my way sez, (and demonstrates with lovetaps), "Balls, nose, t'roat! And then he down."
Good article, right on the money!
Seems the nature of war has changed. Seems like it started with Korea and the Iran hostage crisis seems like it was a major turning point.
It sure seems like a conventional war can no longer be won. It can only be used to gain turf.
Maybe it would be better to mothball all the carriers and tanks and just contract out with big bucks to insane "show no quarter" mercenary assasins who no one controls and no one knows where they came from or where to retaliate in the aftermath......(kind of like how Iran does it.)
It's not the enemy's culture we need to understand, but rather that of our major allies in the war on the terrorists. All we need to know about the terrorists is how to kill them. That's also what our allies need to know about them. Why to kill them, we both already know, all too well.