Wednesday, December 19, 2007

If Fred knew then what he knows now...

By Libby

Freddy Kagan in Dec 05.

The American military, however, is infinitely better trained, equipped, and motivated today than it was at any point in the Vietnam War. The advantages of a volunteer over a conscript army in such wars are incalculable. The technology of the current American military, although not developed for counterinsurgency struggles, has proven to be almost as valuable in such fights as it was in conventional war. And the American soldiers of today are so much more experienced in many of the sorts of tasks they face than were the conscripts of 1965 that there is no comparison between the two.

The technological improvement of the U.S. military between 1975 and 2005 has also revolutionized counterinsurgency warfare almost as much as it did conventional war. Precision-guided munitions now allow the use of U.S. airpower in support of discrete tactical operations without generating excessive collateral damage. The near-invulnerability of the military’s armored vehicles has also proven invaluable: Repeatedly during the battles of Fallujah and elsewhere, the arrival of American tanks or Bradleys meant that the insurgents’ day was done. Perhaps the most remarkable difference, however, comes from a seemingly trivial piece of equipment: Night-vision goggles and infrared sensors mean that coalition forces, not the insurgents, now own the night. The vc and the nva used to terrorize American infantry when darkness fell. Today it is the other way around, and the insurgents hardly try to operate at night at all. All of these technological developments, and many more, have helped contribute to the rapid collapse of meaningful guerrilla activity in Iraq and make it unlikely that such activity will develop again as long as American forces remain there in significant numbers.

Freddy Kagan today.

"What's astounding is how long we spent not applying traditional counterinsurgency principles to fighting what obviously was an insurgency," says Fred Kagan, a military analyst at the American Enterprise Institute and former West Point instructor. "It's not that we've solved the IED problem, per se. It's that we've begun to have success in defeating the insurgents."

Gee whiz Fred. You think that could be because 'experts' like yourself took so long to admit the insurgents were winning?

[cross-posted to The Reaction]

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3 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

"Night-vision goggles and infrared sensors mean that coalition forces, not the insurgents, now own the night. "

this is the type of thing I'd quote back to him while kicking him in the face (in a ring setting with rules/ officials etc)

9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well I don't know about kicking him in the face but I do wish he would grow a conscience and STFU already. He's not stupid. He has to know that he is responsible for this mess as much as any one of the cheerleaders and he keeps making it worse by failing to admit he was wrong.

Heh. I like my WV. qoirk

6:22:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

mine is irzay. fred kagan looks like an owl

9:58:00 AM  

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