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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Remember, the Enemy's gate is down


The ever underrated Bill Roggio of Winds of Change is discussing this report on the improving skills of the insugency.

The latest report indicates that terrorists are gaining “a broad range of skills, from car bombings and assassinations to coordinated conventional attacks on police and military targets” and are likely to take their skills with them to their home countries, and even infiltrate Western societies “once the insurgency ends.”


I think I speak for anyone with a knowledge of military history when I say "DUH". The enemy that we are fighting becomes better at what they do as get more experience? And this is news? Once again, we are seeing the results of a press and political class that simply have no knowledge or experience when it comes to things military. Someone should write a primer, and if they do make sure one of the lessons is that 'when you fight you risk killing off your stupid enemies and endowing your smart ones with experience, should they survive'. Sorry, that ones nonnegotiable unless you can find some way to make sure you kill or capture every single opponent. So we are back to the zero defects demand for our military.

So what is missing from this analysis? Well, the fact that there are less terrorists in raw numbers because their experience is dearly bought, for one thing. If we are in fact 'creating' more terrorists as some claim, the newbies certainly dont bring skills and experience to the table that can replace the veterans we kill on a daily basis. Raw numbers count for little.

Secondly, and more importantly, we are getting much better. Yes indeed, its not a bad idea to consider both sides of the equation when you are talking about who's winning. Several hundred thousands US troops have become extremely proficient in fighting insurgents. Our guys survive to fight another day far more often than the terrorists do, and it shows. They get better, and we get better, that is how wars go, but we are getting better faster. The bad news for the insurgents is that we are far better able to pass our knowledge and skill on to the new Iraqi Army compared to whatever dregs of Middle Eastern society the bad guys can trick, bribe, or intimidate into joining their ranks. Its hard to find experienced suicide bombers, at least ones that are any good at their craft.

2 Comments:

  • At 7:24 PM, Anonymous jones said…

    The men in gray at Appamatox were some of the best fighters ever. I would scrap with 5 terrorists before I crossed one of them, but they lost.

     
  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Mark Buehner said…

    Agreed. But the yanks got awful tough by the end too. I wouldnt have wanted to tangle with the 2nd or the 5th corp, and at the end of the day they had the food, the guns, and the numbers.

     

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