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Really interesting article on 4th Generation Warfare
Re: Really interesting article on 4th Generation Warfare
I was up with my precious darling screaming child at 4 this morning and had the opportunity to read some more on this site. This writer wrote the book on maneuver warfare (Maneuver Warfare Handbook) and an interesting thread on the Iraq war. To sum up: he's not a fan of it or of the Bush doctrine.
But he says a lot of strange things that I don't understand and doesn't seem to offer much in the way of alternatives, only criticisms. For example, if we shouldn't be in Iraq, what should we be doing to defeat the threat we face? He writes:
The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgement that the statesman and Commander have to make is to establish...the kind of war on which they are embarking: neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature. This is the first of all strategic questions and the most comprehensive. (from Clausewitz's On War)
With the invasion of Iraq, Washington is trying to turn a Fourth Generation war, a war with non-state entities, into a Second Generation war, a war against another state that can be conquered by the simple application of firepower to targets. If Clausewitz were still with us, I suspect he would warn that we are marching toward Jena*
Jena was the battle where Napoleon decisively defeated Prussia in 1806.
But this defies logic. You win by using your strengths to attack your enemy's weakness, not by submitting to his plan and tailoring your own plans and strategy based on "rules" he made without asking you! It's like saying we must have a knife fight because the opponent doesn't have a tank like you do.