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The Obama Administration Prepares for War With Libya

by Iron Fist ( 68 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Islamists, Libya, Military, Muslim Brotherhood, Politics, Progressives, United Nations at March 18th, 2011 - 3:30 pm

This is a very disturbing turn of events. Yesterday, as we all know, the UN Security Council in a vote of 10-0 (with 5 abstaining) Authorized a “No-Fly” zone in Libya plus:

Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to the Security Council

“All necessary measures” is an authorization of war. How far witll we go? I do not know, but the indicators that this article puts forth are that we are contemplating more than a “No-Fly” zone (as authorized by the UN):

At Thursday morning’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz said that Qaddafi’s forces had reestablished control over large swaths of territory and that the Libyan leader had tens of planes and hundreds of helicopters in use.

He called the plan to impose a no-fly zone in a few days “overly optimistic” and said “it would take upwards of a week.”

Schwartz was also clear that while the U.S. military can impose a no-fly zone, that’s not likely to stop Qaddafi all by itself. He also noted that to do so effectively might require diverting some resources from the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The question is, is a no-fly zone the last step or is it the first step?” Schwartz said.
Asked by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) whether a no-fly zone could turn the momentum, Scwartz replied, “A no-fly zone, sir, would not be sufficient.”

Will we stop at “not…sufficient”? Notice, too, that Schwartz indicates that this may divert resources from Iraq and Afghanistan. Does this make sense? Only to the Tranzi-Progressives that want to see American military power broken. What will we do? Bare minimum it looks like they want us to be providing close air support and anti-armor capabilities to the “rebels”:

Asked what he learned from the briefing, Graham said, “I learned that it’s not too late, that the opposition forces are under siege but they are holding, and that with a timely intervention, a no-fly zone and no-drive zone, we can turn this thing around.”

Asked exactly what the first wave of attacks would look like, Graham said, “We ground his aircraft and some tanks start getting blown up that are headed toward the opposition forces.”

No matter what spin you put on that, it is becoming co-belligerants with the Islamists, supporting their goals, and either winning or losing with them. Does this strike you as sound US Foreign Policy? We don’t really even know what the “rebels” represent except that that are anti-Qaddafi. That is hardly reassuring.

As has been reiterated on this blog by several authors, there is no compelling American interest in Libya. Even if these “rebels” were Jeffersonian Democrats there would not be compelling American National Interest here, but there is no indication beyond wishful thinking that they are anything resembling such a thing. Their battle-flag has the Islamic Crecent and Star on it, telling the observant that they are Islamists of one stripe or another. Does it make sense to commit American blood and treasure to the establishment of yet another Islamic Republic, whether they vote on their Mullahs or not?

We are done in Afghanistan…here is your ‘Courageous Restraint Medal’

by coldwarrior ( 109 Comments › )
Filed under Afghanistan, Terrorism at May 5th, 2010 - 11:00 am

FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAMROD, Afghanistan — NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing troops for “courageous restraint” if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives.

The idea of using awards as another way to encourage soldiers to avoid civilian casualties came from a team that advises NATO on counterinsurgency, or COIN, doctrine, said an official with knowledge of the process. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal is still under review.

“We routinely and systematically recognize valor, courage and effectiveness during kinetic combat operations,” said a statement recently posted on the NATO coalition’s website by the group, the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team.

“In a COIN campaign, however, it is critical to also recognize that sometimes the most effective bullet is the bullet not fired,” it said.

It highlighted an incident in Helmand province in January in which rumors that coalition forces had burned a Quran incited an angry mob to throw rocks and bricks at U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers. The Marines had the right to fire in self-defense, but none did, it said.

Six people were reportedly killed during the protest, but the shooting is believed to have come from Afghan security forces.

“There should be an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the troops who exhibit extraordinary courage and self-control by not using their weapons, but instead taking personal risk to de-escalate tense and potentially disastrous situations,” the statement said.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, that the war effort hinges on the ability to protect the population and win support away from the Taliban.

Those who back the idea hope it will provide soldiers with another incentive to think twice before calling in an airstrike or firing at an approaching vehicle if civilians could be at risk.

Most military awards in the past have been given for things like soldiers taking out a machine gun nest or saving their buddies in a firefight, said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall, the senior NATO enlisted man in Afghanistan.

“We are now considering how we look at awards differently,” he said.

So let me get this straight, we are going to hand out medals to troops that show restraint in battle to save civilian lives.  COIN and the adherence to it is seen, I am sure, as total weakness by the Taliban and other jihadi forces.We tried this hearts and mind stuff already. It didn’t work in Viet Nam against an enemy that was willing to fight forever and it will not work in the muslim world because they do not hold the same value of human life that we in the civilized world do. Actions by the jihadi driven muslim terrorists and the way the muslim religion treats people (especially women) are clear evidence of the difference in value of life. Hopefully we wont be issuing this medal posthumously too often.

If anything, the muslim fighters and terrorists will capitalize on this restraint and use civilians more and more as cover. This will make the situation on the ground even more difficult for our troops and probably increase the number of civilian casualties as the enemy capitalizes on this weakness.

Our senior officers and political leaders are mired in the PC swamp and have lost their way. They have forgotten that the Western soldier values human life and will protect innocence on his own. He does not need a medal to do this act. To put this whole thing in a sports metaphor: we just gave the enemy ‘bulletin board material’.

Of course, the junior officers and enlisted get it, they are self restraining because they are Western Value oriented, not medal hounds:

But some U.S. soldiers here at Forward Operating Base Ramrod in Kandahar province are skeptical that the chance of winning an award is going to change the way troops make decisions on the battlefield.

“Not a single one of these guys does it for the medals,” said Capt. Edward Graham, referring to the soldiers in his company.

Graham, whose company is part of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, said soldiers are constantly forced to weigh the duty they have to protect their colleagues against the goal of avoiding civilian casualties.

“The bottom line is I have to find a way to go to sleep at night,” said Graham. “If I hurt women and children, I’m not going to sleep. If I lose my men, I’m not going to sleep. I have to find a balance.”

The muslims have been at this for 1300+ years, they are predictable and simple to understand, consult Charles Martel for tips on fighting muslims and read the koran to understand the enemy. Our senior leadership has us chasing our tail;  if we aren’t going to try to understand the enemy in order to destroy him and learn the history of how to defeat the muslims, then its time to come home, we just lost the initiative.

OODA Loops or COIN? Which would you rather have for breakfast?

by coldwarrior ( 114 Comments › )
Filed under Afghanistan, History, Open thread, Political Correctness at April 29th, 2010 - 8:00 am

Back in the uncomplicated, Non-PC day, we fought wars using simple models/flow charts like this for basic guidance and direction in both strategy and tactics. The first flow chart is Col John Boyd’s OODA Loop (see GULF War 1 as an example of implementation), Boyd is the West with von Clausewitz meets the Eastern Sun Tzu in a simple and lethal package: OBSERVE-ORIENT-DECIDE-ACT! Stay inside of your opponent’s decision loops and make him react to you. Repeat as necessary.  Simple, right?

Now, somehow, we went from the very concise and easy to understand OODA Loop to this:

Its coloured charts, graphs and bullet-points are supposed to make the most incomprehensible data crystal clear.

But even the sharpest military minds in American were left baffled by this PowerPoint slide, a mind-boggling attempt to explain the situation in Afghanistan.

‘When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,’ General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO force commander, remarked wryly when confronted by the sprawling spaghetti diagram in a briefing.

There is growing concern about the insiduous spread of PowerPoint which has come to dominate the lives of many junior officers.

Dubbed the PowerPoint Rangers, they spend hours slaving away on slides to illustrate every Afghan scenario.

ANY QUESTIONS? I thought not. The above two diagrams should provide plenty of insight.

This is an open thread as well…

(please see this post for some background on COIN)

Israel’s New Spy Robot Snake & Other Defense Items

by WrathofG-d ( 71 Comments › )
Filed under IDF, Israel, Middle East, Military, Technology at June 11th, 2009 - 10:26 am

Being the enemy of Israel just got a bit less appealing….


The Authority for Research and Development of Weapons in the Defense Ministry has developed a robot snake fitted with video and audio equipment that advances on the ground into enemy positions for intelligence collection. It can be used for special forces stealth operations, for crawling through Hamas tunnels or into Hizbullah bunkers. In addition, it could be used for locating survivors inside collapsed buildings after natural disasters or terror attacks.

The six-foot long snake can also be fitted with explosives and detonated inside enemy positions — a capability dubbed as ‘suicide.’ The snake is currently in the prototype stage of development and has no price tag yet, but the Defense Ministry plans to begin production on a large scale soon.

According to a report on Channel 2, the snake can crawl into enemy positions through sewage pipes, under buildings and through forests. It is operated by one person with a laptop computer.

(more photos here)

Other new weapons are already being supplied to the IDF, and are expected to be popular in upcoming weapons exhibits. Tanks in one of the IDF’s armored regiments will soon receive new shells, called Kalanit, for a week of experimental use.

Fitted for 120 mm. guns, the Kalanit APAM is primarily intended for use against anti-tank squads that hide behind obstacles and are thus hard to hit using regular munitions. Unlike regular shells, which have a flat trajectory, the Kalanit is not fired directly at the enemy target but rather at a point in the air directly above it. According to the IDF website, it then stops in mid-air and releases six disc-shaped charges, or submunitions, at different intervals. The shrapnel from these charges covers a very wide and long kill zone and is effective against scattered targets as well as concentrated ones.

(full sized photo here)

Unlike the Rakefet, however, the Kalanit receives its target data when it is already inside the gun’s chamber. The tank crew needs only to mark the target with a press of a button and fire the shell, which will do all the rest automatically.  These unique features of the Kalanit make it possible for the tank crew to carry it inside the gun chamber and fire it immediately upon spotting a target.

The shell has four settings, for different types of targets. Besides being effective against infantry and anti-tank units, it can also be used against buildings, bunkers, armored personnel carriers and even helicopters. For a concentrated high explosive blast, all six submunitions.

(The Article)


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Ten Top Myths About The Arab-Israel Conflict