The success of the US Military is due to the model developed by the Prussian Army under Rood.
Pushing responsibility and authority to the lowest level possible and then relying on the initiative of the small unit commander are the decisive differences between the US military and most Armies/unwashed mobs that we fight.
We'll be successful as long as we keep that model functional, the ROE in Afghanistan violate that paradigm and we pay dearly for REMF's second guessing fire missions and requests for air cover. In the battle field environment, provide the resources and the objective and get the heck out of the way.
I had one Bn CO that said, LT, I want to eat lunch on a LZ at this location noon tomorrow and here are the resources...then I got his replacement would would tell me everything except when to take a leak and my casualty rate went through the roof. After a while we all decided the new Bn Co was a REMF in wolf's clothing and all of us Company Commanders pretty much ignored his crap in the field. He got a medal because we ignored his crap.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
the ROE in Afghanistan violate that paradigm and we pay dearly for REMF's second guessing fire missions and requests for air cover
While it went away for a short while, this been around for decades. The only bright spot, if you want to call it that, is that the second-guessing has been pushed down to the REMFs instead of going through the higher echelons.
He has followers. The followers extort money from Sunni shopkeepers and give it to the Sheik. Maybe the Sheik visits the shopkeepers sometimes and gives them some morale support by reminding them their money is being used for Allah.
Posted by: lord garth ||
[Dawn] GIVEN the possible consequences, it would be facetious to suggest there is anything amusing about the latest terrorist plot blamed on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The entity's focus on fundamental garments is nonetheless bizarre.On Christmas Day in 2009, a Nigerian identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab evidently attempted to detonate an underwear bomb on a flight to Detroit. Fortunately, the detonator did not work and he was taken into custody.
The explosives sewn into Abdulmutallab's underpants are said to have been the handiwork of Ibrahim Al Asiri, who, undeterred by the failure, apparently endeavoured to finesse the concept, and is alleged to have come up with a device equipped with more than one detonator.
He failed again, this time because the person entrusted with delivering the deadly shock happened to be a mole rather than a dupe.
A couple of years ago, Al Asiri is claimed to have gone even deeper in an attempt to assassinate Saudi security chief Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The bomb-maker's brother, posing as a repentant jihadi, is said to have sought an interview with the prince while equipped with explosives concealed within an orifice proximate to his underpants.
A seriously delicate locution, no doubt resurrected from the writer's Victorian great-grandmama's letters.
The detonator worked, the target survived.
This time the purported bomb -- reportedly devoid of metallic elements and therefore potentially undetectable by most airport scanning devices -- has ended up in the hands of the FBI. At the same time, the scanty revelations
The writer is having a little too much fun with the subject...
have stirred up something of a storm within the intelligence community, with a variety of former CIA operatives suggesting that absolute secrecy would have been the ideal option.
That's not an altogether illogical opinion: it can certainly be argued that it would have been wiser to leave AQAP wondering about what had become of its latest underwear bomber than to make it clear that he was an infiltrator. Just a couple of a months ago, the terrorist organization released a video that culminated in the execution of a purported Saudi spy. Last week's news reports are bound to enhance its paranoia, thereby reducing the likelihood of successful infiltrations in the future.
At the same time, concerns about revealing the extent of collaboration between Saudi, American and British intelligence agencies is surely overblown. That they share information and at least occasionally act in concert could hardly come as a surprise to anyone. The mole, whose identity remains secret, was initially said to be a Saudi citizen, but subsequent reports indicated he was a British passport-holder of Yemeni provenance.
The UK passport meant he could travel to the US without a visa, which is believed to have increased his value in AQAP's eyes. Presumably it must also have meant he emerged unscathed from a thorough vetting procedure. Whether that would have sufficed for AQAP to simply hand him Al Asiri's latest innovation and ask him to don it on any flight he chose to take to the US must surely be open to doubt. Such a lax, laissez-faire approach hardly conforms with the image of AQAP as the deadliest Al Qaeda affiliate on earth.
A suggestive thought, that.
Which is a reminder that the leaks so vociferously decried by sections of the intelligence community have been decidedly selective. The News Agency that Dare Not be Named, the initial conduit for the information, apparently sat on it for a few days at the request of the White House, with the latter worried that premature publicity could compromise the targeted liquidation of Fahd Al Quso, an AQAP leader said to have been wanted in connection with the USS Cole bombing of 2000.
It has been suggested that he was also involved in the most recent plot, and that intelligence from the mole was crucial in pinpointing his whereabouts.
The latter factor is also said to account in part for MI6's reticence about the affair, given that British intelligence agencies have been forbidden for 50 years from taking part in plots involving liquidations.
What, altogether? Or just of politicians and innocent bystanders?
No one suggests they have abided by this rule, but the British reputation for reserve comes in handy in such circumstances, and even the suggestion that Anglo spooks must be furious with their transatlantic cousins has come from American sources.
The Americans, on the other hand, have abandoned all qualms about playing judge, jury and executioner anywhere on earth, with parts of Yemen serving as the second busiest area of drone operations, after Pakistain's border regions.
We go where the targets are. Y'all take control of your border regions, and we won't have to.
Those behind these acts of war will no doubt have drawn some comfort from documents found in the late Osama bin Laden ... who no longer exists... 's last lair suggesting that the Al Qaeda figurehead was deeply concerned about the Predator and Reaper raids in Wazoo.
Yes, indeed. Thank you for reminding us.
It's hardly remarkable, incidentally, that during his recent visit to Britannia Pakistain's prime minister ascribed Bin Laden's long-undetected presence in his country to "an intelligence failure from all over the world", even as Islamabad has vociferously been denying American suggestions that Ayman Al Zawahiri ... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is... is -- at least for the moment -- safely ensconced somewhere in Pakistain.
That's not a particularly convincing stance in the light of the Bin Laden experience, and Yousuf Raza Gilani ... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ... hinted as much when he pleaded ignorance in London, saying: "If there is any credible information please share it with us, so we can be quick and achieve our targets."
Would those targets be arresting or protecting the individuals in question?
"Achieving targets" is a curious notion in this context, although it may find resonance in the US, where faith in drone strikes -- notwithstanding their moral dubiousness and the rather obvious parallel with terrorist actions
Goodness. The deliberate moral obtuseness of that statement is breathtaking.
-- is considerably stronger than support for a continued military presence in Afghanistan.
"If the Bush administration didn't like somebody," Noam Chomsky ...intellectual and political theorist of a socialist persuasion. He is noted for being so far out in left field he can't see the shortstop on every issue he pushes... told Democracy Now on Monday, "they'd kidnap them and send them to torture chambers. If the B.O. regime decides they don't like somebody, they murder them."
Barack Obama This is a teachable moment... may have positioned himself on the right side of history in terms of gay marriage, but, notwithstanding occasional ostensible successes, his administration's approach towards combating terrorism remains almost as excremental on the moral plane as the intentions of would-be underwear bombers.