The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Issues in Afghanistan

Commentator Ralph Peters has to be read very critically.  His current effort is no different.  However, reading him you will be exposed to a variety of issues that we have touched on over the last year.  These issues include, knowing the enemy; strategic to tactical linkages; Vietnam; what is a revolutionary (and what is not); Islam; and intellectual bias.  Its worth a read.

You can’t win hearts, minds of radical Islam

 By RALPH PETERS

A good first step in waging war is to figure out why your enemy is fighting. For over eight years, we’ve refused to do that in Afghanistan. In the recent Marine offensive against the Taliban in Marjah, this resulted in a clear geographical objective, but a vague pacification mission targeting a stick-figure enemy. Tactical success is built on strategic quicksand.

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March 8, 2010 - Posted by | H300, military history, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. The most telling line in the story to me was “Tactical success is built on strategic quicksand.” Change the climate and terrain and it sound like Vietnam. Especially when we try to get the Afghan’s to fight for a despised and corrupt regime, so Kabul faces the same issues that Saigon did 45 years ago. Now throw in an enemy that has a zealous religious ideology and we got troubles. Just like Peters says it comes down again to the US “When we elevate political correctness over intellectual integrity in wartime, we throw away those in uniform.” So here we go again, except this time instead of an isolated conflict in Vietnam that we tried to equate globally to a “domino theory” this time we want to say it isn’t a global war against Islamic extremists, instead it is an isolated regional conflict against a foe where Islam isn’t a factor. As Yogi Berra says it is Deja Vu all over again.

    Comment by Major Christopher "Kit" Johnson 17-D | March 12, 2010


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