Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Is the military out of ideas?

Ralph Peters isn't impressed by the /military's new counterinsurgency doctrine. It sounds a lot like "don't bother, just go home."

They're great at coming up with new technologies, but not at effectively countering "assymetrical warfare," i.e. terrorists with AK-47s, RPGs, IEDs and cheap disposable cellphones. They also have practically unlimited access to explosives. How can we have a credible military force when it's so expensive to use, and so worried about our international reputation, that it's essentially useless?

What good is it to win an election when the news media and large parts of the government bureaucracy don't want you to govern?

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