Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Paul Robinson — Strategy-free time

The strategy-free wars the US is fighting.
If you’re a conspiracy theorist, you could say that this is all part of a cunning plan to spread chaos. This, however, ignores the fact that the costs in both blood and treasure are enormous and far outweigh any benefits the USA might theoretically derive from such chaos. It’s also pretty obvious that people like Mattis really want to win all these wars.
Their problem is that they’ve got themselves deep into situations they don’t understand and can’t control, but they can’t extricate themselves without looking bad. So, they just keep digging themselves in deeper and spreading the list of enemies in the hope that they can find a solution by going in a different direction.
As I’ve mentioned before, the first principle of war is selection and maintenance of the aim. If Mattis wants a strategy, he needs to select and maintain a single, clear objective. So far, the United States hasn’t....
There are also political constraints. The American public is tired of foreign adventurism with no lasting results, so now US politicians are reluctant to write the generals a blank check without an exit strategy.

Both war on terror, the war on drugs and the war on poverty have failed because it is impossible to make war on a concept. Such wars end up being strategy-free and with no exit strategy, endless.

Strategy-free time
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa


Noah Way said...

Oh, but there is a strategy!

Profit at any cost.

Kaivey said...
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Kaivey said...

The US destroyed Iraq. It's still a mystery they did not impose jaw and order so that bandits took hold. They also decommissioned the Ba'ath party and the army allowing them to take their weapons home. The result was looting, mayhem, and murder.

Without law am order and no job, hundreds of thousands of young Muslims joined the Jihadist terrorists who brought law and order. The Jihadist fight the US proxy wars. Do you think that the US knew this would happen?

Kaivey said...

Paul Robinson:

"What does that mean? Abandon support for the Syrian rebels, and join hands with Russia, Iran, and the Syrian and Iraqi governments in destroying ISIS. Pressure Saudi Arabia to end its war with Yemen, and work with the parties concerned to make peace. And make a serious effort to get a deal between the Taleban and the Afghan government, and if that fails, walk away.

That would be a strategy – and one which might actually achieve the aim. The odds of it happening, though, are next to zero. Consequently, the failures will continue to mount up."

Bob said...

Young men with no purpose need to die. That is the strategy being pursued.