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.
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.