At your command, BigAl. In fact, my first post will feature you. A couple weeks ago I asked for everyone, but especially liberal readers of this blog for their positive ideas on what America should do now to counter the jihad that is being waged against us. After a false start, and to his great credit, BigAl was the only one to come through with a concrete suggestion. Here, to get the discussion started, it is:
I’m back with the positive ideas you requested. I’ve said these things in a previous post and no one commented. I really don’t know enough about effective war tactics to say that my ideas are perfect…but I think a sincere listener knows what I’m saying (especially compared to the current strategy).
I just know that Sun Tzu said that the biggest key to victory in any war is the use of spies.
I hate any and all wars, but if I were a war mongerer, and truly believed the Iranians are going to kill us all if we don’t stop them..I would do the following:
1) Remove the US military from the population centers (cities and towns) of Iraq to military bases in sparsely populated areas and on the borders. This will allow us to maintain a serious military presence and be ready to guard against interference from Iran, Syria or any one else in the ME who may try to mess with the situation.
AND it removes the bulk of the members of the military OUT of the middle of a civil war but still in a position where they can help if help is needed (in Iraq or anywhere in ME). This will reduce the number of deaths and/or casualties significantly.
2) Use the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, and the elite special forces to conduct the brunt of the war–in an undercover/stealth fashion. If the special forces/CIA/FBI/ Special Forces is not equipped to handle fighting the brunt of the war–then we need to change that quickly.
They should receive the full support of the Air Force, Navy, and Army for anything they need at any time. But do everything possible to limit the combat missions–along with intelligence gathering to members of special forces/CIA/FBI, etc.
No more US military members driving around or standing around (in uniform) in the cities to be used as target practice for insurgents and/or terrorists.
Also, I know special forces are a part of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. I am just saying that ONLY special forces –with help from and along side of the CIA, FBI, NSA, ETC should be used to conduct combat missions.
To win this war (especially the propaganda war), we need to keep a low-profile in the middle-east.
3) Talk to the enemy (Iran). Face to Face. Show the world we are the ones playing fairly and not being deaf to what everyone else is saying.
4) At the same time, send in special forces, CIA, FBI, to Iran, if necessary–and start making sure they will never develop nuclear weapons that threaten everyone (especially Israel). Publicly deny any and all claims by Iran, Syria or anyone else that we are conducting secret military operations. Keep the war small by pretending like there is no war going on.
DQ again. I was surprised at this response. Essentially, BigAl is suggesting we carry out the entire war with the kind of covert operations that conservatives generally love and liberals general hate. I don’t even know if such a thing is possible; I seriously doubt we have enough covert operatives (special forces) to pull it off, but at least it is a highly original idea.
So what do you all think? Is BigAl on to something? Or what should we do? Not just what should we do about Iraq, where it appears there are no good options. What should we do about the entire jihad being waged world-wide against Westerners, non-Muslims and our values and our way of life? I look forward to your ideas.