Friday, April 27, 2007

Now that's cajones


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And my prognosticating sometimes upsets people? Check out this shot across the bow from Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling, deputy commander, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, as published in the Armed Forces Journal.

Well, yesterday he was the deputy commander of the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment.
For the second time in a generation, the United States faces the prospect of defeat at the hands of an insurgency. In April 1975, the U.S. fled the Republic of Vietnam, abandoning our allies to their fate at the hands of North Vietnamese communists. In 2007, Iraq's grave and deteriorating condition offers diminishing hope for an American victory and portends risk of an even wider and more destructive regional war.

These debacles are not attributable to individual failures, but rather to a crisis in an entire institution: America's general officer corps. America's generals have failed to prepare our armed forces for war and advise civilian authorities on the application of force to achieve the aims of policy.
He even goes to Clausewitz as I often do:
Armies do not fight wars; nations fight wars. War is not a military activity conducted by soldiers, but rather a social activity that involves entire nations. Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz noted that passion, probability and policy each play their role in war. Any understanding of war that ignores one of these elements is fundamentally flawed.
Oh, this will stir thing up a bit. At least he's taking an academic approach & ought to be somewhat insulated.

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