Strategy and Stuff

B52BomberOK, I gather we lost our strategy for ISIS, maybe it got left in the Roosevelt room or something, but the President can’t seem to find it. That’s bad, things work a lot smoother when you have one.

See, a strategy is nothing more really than a plan for a specific area. We should have several running right now, one for Russia-Ukraine, one for the Mexican border, one for illegal immigration, one for countering ISIS, and to be honest, one to get your favorite Congresscritters reelected. If you’re a Democratic president, I might perhaps agree with some of your goals, although it’s very, very unlikely I’ll agree with all of them. I rather liked John Kennedy for not entirely valid reasons but, I didn’t agree with everything he wanted to do. Similarly with Reagan, although I agreed with more of what Reagan said than I did with what Reagan actually did. That’s life, essentially, we all have to deal with it to make this Leviathan called America work at all.

But what I’m really concerned about here is ISIS. What, Mr. President, do you want to happen to them? I have my givens and druthers, and so does pretty much every American, and likely every middle east resident, and European as well. There some people out there that think the proper thing is to convert and surrender, there are also people who think a few hundred megatons of nuclear fire from space will fix it. I’m somewhere in between, so likely are you, and most everyone with a couple of brain cells to rub together.

See the problem is, what is the overarching thing we want to do with them; whether it’s degrade and manage them or drive them to (wouldn’t through be better in that case) the gates of Hell. Or I suppose we can stick our head in the sand and hope we live till your replacement shows up, that’s highly unrecommended, though.

Likely, I’m different from most Americans, I don’t, in general, care if anyone likes us or not. We’re not running for Miss Congeniality here. I want everybody from the most American loving Brit on the street to our worst enemy in Damascus (or Moscow) to be afraid. Not only afraid of what he thinks we might do but especially afraid of what we might do that he never even thought of in his worst dreams. That save lives (ours). The thing is when you get right down to it, in a war zone there are only two animals, ‘sheep’ our people, civilian and military, and ‘goats’, which defines as everybody else.

It’s desirable to not kill too many non-combatant goats, it’s easier on the conscience and generally less of a health hazard, but it’s not a critical thing, ask the Germans who survived Dresden in 1945, if you can find one. Uncle Billy said it “War is Hell”. And Americans have been pretty good at proving that since long before there was an America.

Now pay attention here, Mr. Obama. I don’t want you up there blathering about how Company C of the 506 PIR will do such and so. One, you don’t know what you’re talking about, and second, I have no need to know, and its better for the sheep if the goats don’t know. I need to know, really know, that you’re going to fight the war through to victory, somehow. That’s all, really. I know it doesn’t sound like much. But it’s apparently a big deal, because you, and your predecessors, back to Truman in Korea, especially the ones with a D behind their names, have never managed it. Granted the Rs haven’t been all that much better, but they seemed to have some clue.

A tip from the old Soviet Union seems in order here. You see the Sovs were a thoroughly political culture, every damned thing was political, kind of like Washington is now, maybe even a bit worse. That sort of thing leads to believing your own bullshit, which works short-term at best in politics. Long term it brings you to 1989, oops! But if you do that in a wartime military you get dead rather quickly. The Sovs recognized that, and their military ran on ‘objective conditions‘ in other words the truth, or as close to it as they could get hold of. I recommend that policy.

What would I like to see done. I’d like to celebrate 9/11 this year. Maybe with some fireworks. Like every strategic bomber in the inventory (read that as every airplane that can both get there and carry a bomb) over Syria/Iraq (the parts being destroyed by ISIS) taking out every obvious emplacement, every leadership group, every communication node, every group of more than 5 rifles. Yeah, we’ll miss some, and we’ll kill some innocent people but, you know probably not as many as ISIS will in the next month.

The last plane in parachutes a big billboard down to the survivors, it says this, from AoSHQ

35 Posted by: ace at September 04, 2014 01:02 PM (/FnUH)—-

Pithier version.

Invade their land.
Flatten their capital.
Kill their leaders.
Hang a sign on the gate.

“Up to you now. Don’t make us come back”
Leave.

Posted by: fixerupper at September 04, 2014 01:04 PM (NaV4z)

Emphasis mine.

On Friday the 12th, call Putin and ask very nicely, “Hey Vlad, are you going to behave in the Ukraine?” and hang up.

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6 Responses to Strategy and Stuff

  1. Mike says:

    Bravo!

    However, two problems.
    First… ‘Victory’ does not exist as a concept in Progressive Liberal minds such as they are.
    Second… You can’t blame Obama. Every time he comes up with a Strategy someone in the IT department erases it then sends his hard drive to be recycled.
    I’m hoping, like you, one shows up. Personally I’d be looking in the West Wing Map Room. Stuff seems to mysteriously show up there.

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    • NEO says:

      I recognize those problems as well, heck they ARE the problem.

      Good point on the map room as well.

      Thanks.

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  2. the unit says:

    God’s speed to God’s will. There is a site with Yosemite Sam blazing away with his two pistols with the caption…”if God didn’t mean for us to have guns, he wouldn’t have given us trigger fingers.”
    Problem solved. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, God made two American saints, not of the Church, Colonel Colt, and John Moses Browning. I thank them every morning, Unit, for another day that I am free. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Keeping that trigger finger in shape is important too. Had a bout with viral arthritis last summer where I couldn’t pop a top of unscrew a soda bottle top. Worried me more than quite a bit. I stumbled on a wayward Eddie Van Halen website discussing finger strength and fitness to play “Eruption”. Interesting comments there about things others deem important other than politics. No it didn’t help my trigger finger. Being viral finally got better and I just went into plain old osteoarthritis and cervical foraminal stenosis affecting my right shoulder and arm. Went to Physical Therapy, use TENS and ice pack now daily. Why?….to keep that trigger finger working. 🙂 Yard work can wait…for next tenant (owner/property tax payer) one day on down the line.

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        • NEO says:

          I hear you, I’ve got a bit of rheumatism but nothing serious (other than laziness). But I can see that day coming, hang in there, trigger fingers are important. 🙂

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