Dedicated “Malkinista” that I am the first thing I do every morning (which begins around 12:30, I’m a Grad student) is make a cup of coffee and browse Hot Air and M.M.’s blog. One of the reasons I’m partial to Malkin is that she’s always on top of America’s fifth column, the dreaded M.S.M. lead by evil communists at The New York Times.
NYT’s latest atrocity against the freedom loving American people is yet another leak of a classified memo, this one by ex-Sec of defense Donald Rumsfeld detailing his dissatisfaction with Iraq policy, specifically our emphasis on “nation building” as opposed to defeating the enemy, though that reading of the leaked material is hardly universal.
The key here is that Rumsfeld was originally bought in to “modernize” the military, creating a slim, fast moving strike force that fought wars differently than the old WW2 model. Glamorous, yes. Rumsfeld’s envisioned military is the sexy spec-ops driven elite force that sells movie tickets, but can it perform? As of this point, we’d have to say no.
High tech toys and hearts and minds operations didn’t win in Vietnam, and they won’t win in Iraq. What we need is a large robust military that is tasked with the total annihilation of the enemy. Nation building should be left to politicians and the United Nations. Rumsfeld’s memo is trying to lay out a strategy to salvage Iraq with the forces we have now and in that light it’s hardly as outrageous as some would have us believe.
Hindsight is 20/20, and we can all see now that our military needs to be more robust, and shouldn’t give up it’s ability to overwhelm enemies in an effort to be more “agile” or modern. Rumsfeld has probably realized that now, but has to work with what he’s got, in the parameters set by a administration that increasingly seems more interested in P.R. then victory. Of course that’ not his problem any more. It’s ours.
The Queen of Righty Blogs has the best round-up.
R.W.V. is a little more forgiving then some people were.
National Review deals with the memo and the problems of leaking them.
Col. North as a little story in S.O.F. that illustrates the the dangers of “modernizing” the military, like the six year gap when marines will lack sea based fire support because we’re scrapping our battleships.
Speaking of Soldier of Fortune, last month they ran an article made up of letters they received from Snipers deployed in Iraq. The letters present a laundry list of complaints, and the Sniper eye view of why we’re not winning the war. Top problems: a) the officer core isn’t trained to employ Snipers effectively b) political decision making keeps Snipers from being allowed to engage hostiles aggressively c) Snipers aren’t being equiped with the right gear. The “streamlining” of the military is causing chaos and dysfunction.
No, I’m not ashamed to admit I read Soldier of Fortune.