Tipping Points

February 18, 2006

Rumsfeld To Put More Emphasis On Special Forces

Filed under: Islam,Military,Terrorism,War — thricearmed @ 1:38 pm

Via the Wall Street Journal:

 

Mr. Rumsfeld’s top-to-bottom review posits that the gravest long-term threat to national security comes from small cells of al Qaeda and its radical offshoots scattered across more than 80 countries. To take them down, Mr. Rumsfeld wants to build a much larger and more aggressive special-operations force with broader latitude to both work with indigenous forces and take action in countries where the U.S. is technically not at war.

 

Read the whole thing.

 

This is exactly what we need to be doing. In every age of war, there has been an advance, that, if taken, led to victory for those who embraced it. (On such a sea are we now afloat.) The stirrup seems insignificant, yet it meant that you could arm your cavalry with lances, giving them enough power to go through any but the best armor. The longbow, at Agincourt, showed that battles were no longer the exclusive property of the landed classes. The cannon gave Constantinople, a city up till then impregnable, to the Ottoman Turks. Then came the musket, then the rifle, and then guerrilla tactics. (Contrary to popular belief, America did not win the Revolutionary War using guerilla fighting. Our men fought in lines just like everybody else.) The carronade, or “smasher,” was a cannon used on ships that fired much larger projectiles than other guns, but a ship would only have a few. Quality won over quantity. The Gatling machine gun, and others like it, mowed the French down where they stood as they charged at the intrenched Germans in neat, orderly rows during the Franco-Prussian War. The plane, the submarine, the turreted and later the cannonless ship, the list goes on and on.

If we do not take this new advance, the advent of the Army Of One, then other nations may eventually win battles against us. They cannot possibly beat us right now, but if they can use terrorists to slip past our lines and destroy sensitive targets from within with “dirty nukes” and similiar small, powerful weapons, then we will either have to catch up or capitulate. The more emphasis we put on individuals and small task forces, the better.

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