Straight Talk About Jihad On Bulgarian TV As Trump Picks A COINdinista For Sec-Def

I seriously doubt that we will soon see anything like this on American television.  It’s refreshing to hear and watch the clarity of understanding within this discussion group  about what’s going to happen soon in Europe.  (Thanks to Gates of Vienna.)

Meanwhile, President-elect Donald J. Trump has made his selection for Secretary of Defense in the person of retired General James Mattis.  While some are cheering this decision, others who know more than a little about the background of “Mad Dog” (as he is known), and about his partnership with General David Petraeus in implementing the disastrous Counter-Insurgency (COIN) doctrine, are not so very encouraged.

For Diana West’s background work on General Mattis, click here.

For Andrew Bostom‘s analysis of General Mattis’s gross misunderstanding of the “problem with Islam”, and his abject ignorance of Islam’s bloody anti-Semitic history, click here.

Retired Marine John Bernard, who is also no fan of the COIN doctrine, devoted an entire column to Generals Petraeus and Mattis – and COIN’s madness – on his blog Let Them Fight.

I urge the followers of this blog to please read John Bernard’s piece.  You’ll get a complete understanding and the entire history of the COIN doctrine, which actually sprang from a military treatise titled The Small War, written in 1940.

Ladies and gentlemen, COIN is an unmitigated military disaster.  Its implementation has never won a war.  Not in Korea.  Not in Viet Nam.  And now not in the Middle East.

In fact, the last war the United States fought to actually win was World War II.

David Petraeus and James Mattis both have their indelible fingerprints all over the COIN doctrine.

Here’s the takeaway:

If James Mattis, as Secretary of Defense, clings to his belief in COIN as the correct way to wage and win a war, this war, any war, and if he is successful in convincing President Trump to leave the COIN doctrine intact in military operations, what we will have achieved with Mr. Trump’s election is nothing more or less than a continuation of endless, limited wars in Third World Muslim countries – without victory – a la George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama.

In other words, you can disregard Donald Trump’s promises to the contrary during the presidential campaign.   Secretary of Defense General James Mattis will give us more of the same.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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