Publisher’s Note: I spent most of my adult life in and around the military as a uniformed officer or contractor. The most well-funded and technologically advanced armed forces on Earth in its recorded history is fortunately for liberty and freedom overseas, an unmitigated disaster of Biblical proportions. For liberty at home in the USSA in concert with the Department of Fatherland Security, the US military makes you no safer and far more prone to increasing the size and scope of the statist apparatus to extinguish individual liberty and freedom wherever it may be found.
Are the conditions being set in America for an insurgency? No, the behavior of the central government is setting the conditions for multiple insurgencies on US soil as we speak.
I discussed the frailties and foibles of conventional warfare here.
In other notes in the margin, I am not paying any attention to the political races at all. I don’t have a dog in the fight. As a non-voter, the only attraction to go to the polls would be to cast a “none of the above” vote that has the teeth of a majority vacating the office for the prescribed term. In other words, if the Offal Office could be vacant for four years, maybe the country could recover but that is impossible because limited government has always been an illusion.
You are better off mowing your lawn with your teeth than voting. Any voting other than lobbying is simply an irrational act. Voting makes the assumption that your neighbor is your property and your children are collateral for government mischief.
In other news, I have just completed all six parts of a series I am doing with ProfCJ at the Dangerous History Podcast on Irregular Warfare. Indeed, we started with one part anticipated and ended with six and potentially more.
I wrote the Foreword for my friend Jim Rawles’ latest book, Land of Promise, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon. He is really stepping up his game.
My books are available on Amazon and I would love some honest reviews if you have the time. -BB
Counterinsurgency (COIN) is an incredibly sexy topic that makes rock stars of former soldiers like Petraeus, Kilkullen and Nagl as they wax ahistorically on the latest advance in besting incipient and advanced insurgencies planet-wide.
The insurgencies tend to two goals: either the carving out of a portion of an existing nation state or the wholesale replacement of the besieged government with yet another variant of the same virus, yet another state. The history of the 20th century is littered with the postcolonial wreckage of embryonic states throwing off the extra-territorial seizures by European and Asian hegemons alike.
Insurgencies are, in essence, armed and unarmed bids for self-determination. If you have any doubts insurgencies can be peaceful, I would urge you to examine Gandhi’s sataygraha campaigns and the non-violent resistance movements planet-wide. I would posit that black and gray markets are forms of insurgency.
When one examines the literature for COIN since the end of the War to Save Josef Stalin, one is treated to a veritable scholarly tidal wave of nonsense that rivals the scientific illiteracy of climate change, the voodoo of Keynesian economics and the undocumented conspiratorial legerdemain that haunts so many minds on so many political assassinations. With few exceptions like the magisterial work of Douglas Porch, the bandwagon is loaded with academic frauds and grasping political idolaters who wish to find the next best thing to neutralize insurgent threats to existing governments.
One sees the alleged innovations of the “new” COIN manual sponsored by Petraeus in 2009 and the raft of new theories inundating the public arena through the good offices of the defense intellectuals and contractor hangers-on that assist in making the “defense” enterprise overseas the most sophisticated money laundering operation for the military-industrial complex that ever existed.
Using Occam’s Razor, let’s try to distill the object of COIN: to neutralize and/or destroy any armed resistance to an existing government, usually a state that has been installed by a Western or Asian hegemonic power. External involvement of other countries meddling in the COIN efforts of a domestic government usually reveals the “client-state” relationship at its most basic level. One is hard-pressed to find any historical involvement in these efforts since 1893 (Hawaii) on the part of the US wherein the aggrieved state wasn’t created and vetted by the West by design.
Porch does a splendid job destroying one of the primary memes that animates much of the COIN glad-handing and self-congratulatory Goebbels-gargling that passes for rational discourse in the West; the observation that the Brits wrote the book on effective COIN in modern applications usually citing the “success” in Malaya or lesser efforts like Aden or Oman. It’s all rubbish. The British pioneered concentration camps during the Boer Wars (the Germans would do the same in Namibia in 1904-07) which may have provided them the idea to float a police state over a country ravaged by insurgency and call it good. The very notion of a concentration camp demands a fairly sophisticated bureaucratic apparatus to build them, maintain them and most tragically of all, fill them. All of which require police state methodologies that would put a smile on any Western bureaucrat’s face.