The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Moderate Islam and Terrorism

Great article from the BBC on a moderate Islamic view of terrorism:

March 28, 2011 Posted by | COIN, Current Events, H300, leadership, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

An Islamic Way of War –the discussion continues

One of the students in CGSC published an interesting and thought provoking article in the Small War Journal regarding the readings and discussion on an Islamic way of war which we addressed in H307.  A snipett and the link to MAJ Khan’s article is below.  The article is well worth reading and may be a part of next year’s lesson reading assignment.  The discussion that follows on the SMJ blog is equally illuminating and can be found at this link.

I encourage all of you to think about the issues Major Khan and the others bring up –your thoughts and views are key to leading troops down range, and also are important to understanding the enemy and effective strategies to defeat them.  I also encourage to comment in this space with your thoughts, or directly to the SMJ blog, or both.

Is There an Islamic Way of War?
by Major Mehar Omar Khan

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Times have surely changed since that noon of March 10, 1982, when President Ronald Reagan dedicated the March 22nd launch of the Columbia Space Shuttle to the valiant Afghans and termed their struggle (Jihad) against the occupation forces of Soviet Union as a representation of ‘man’s highest aspirations for freedom’. While I remorsefully recognize any nation’s right to change and chop morality in the service of supreme national interest, I refuse to respect those dishonest historians and scare-mongering ‘experts’ who consider it their right to drag a great faith and its messenger into this ugly fight over heaps of sands that hide a lot of oil.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Current Events, H300, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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


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.

Read the rest of the article here.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | H300, military history, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Moderate Islam and Terrorism

Great article from the BBC on a moderate Islamic view of terrorism:

March 2, 2010 Posted by | H300, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ancient History to Modern Problems

As the above video demonstrates, the history of the Middle East is long and complex.  The Middle East was the center of the Ancient and the Mediveal world.  The question of modern policy makers is to what extent, if any, should the ancient and medieval history of the region influence twenty-first century policy and strategy.  Should the region seek inter-state harmony that is consistent with the history; or, should states in the region break with the past and establish regional relations based on the future.

May 4, 2009 Posted by | A652, Current Events | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments