a reply to: Ohanka
Especially the modern commanders. They are making every effort to turn our Air Force into a "push button, go home" military branch.
Unfortunately, as we have seen time and time again, and should have figured out by now, very few of our potential or actual adversaries ever agree to
play by those rules. Guerrilla warfare works when it's used against an army that depends on rigid strategy and shuns any PR issues. That's why the
mountain men of the Appaliachians were so effective against the British forces during the American War of Independence. The British stuck to their
time-honored strategies and techniques while the "uncouth local rabble" were ambushing their supply lines, sniping them from the forests, and *gasp*
hiding behind cover instead of forming orderly, regimented combat lines. The Americans depended on their rifles every day to feed their families, and
that amount of game hunting teaches you either stealth or how to fail and starve.
The modern enemies we face, (ISIS, for example) may have some artillery and armor seized from or surrendered by the troops they have defeated. And
most of that is ours. But the Brass seems to limit their own perspective of ongoing combat to us facing an enemy that prefers to conduct warfare the
way our forces do. And that's absolutely not the reality of the issue. CINC ties the hands of our military commanders so as to avoid any incidents
that could tarnish his legacy. It well before now, but really got a running start during the Vietnam War. Johnson actually took a direct hand in
framing certain rules of engagement and deciding what targets were off-limits because he didn't want to look even worse presiding over an unpopular
war. Yes, exerting a reasonable efforts to minimize civilization casualties is certainly never the wrong decision. But fixed the rules governing that
effort with near-absolute rigidity is harmful to the war effort, and just plain stupid. If your enemy is building chemical weapons to use on your, and
using 3 of the ten rooms in a schoolhouse to do so, it is certainly a tricky call to make. But once you decide that particular school is off limits to
protect the children, they will set up infrastructure in every school they can, because they know you don't have the spine to come after them there.
Even though though they, themselves, don't care one bit that they're exposing the kids to Sarin or VX or whatever.
Ask an Oncologist how the US's current enemies should be fought. They'll tell you that, like any other cancer, you must try to damage as little
healthy (civilian) tissue as possible. But if the tumor is in the femur, you cut the whole leg off, and give the knee, ankle and toes and honorable
goodbye. When a cancer is involved, either it dies or the patient dies. And you can't dictate the rules of successful treatment to the tumor. It will
spread, metastasize, and destroy as fast as it can. The only positive thing about cancer is that it isn't capable of waging a PR war against the
doctor for killing a few healthy cells around it.
Until we can overcome the ridiculous idea that all warfare has modernized to the level of our own capabilities, we will win battles, get black eyes
from the public, and never win the war.
I have an old demo tool (Hammer, hatchet, pry bar combo). It is a fantastic and versatile tool. Kobalt makes one with even more functions than mine
now. And the rubber grip mine is torn. Does that mean I am going to throw it away? Not a chance. It's actually a more durable tool when used for its
handful of intend purposes. And I have made a couple of minor tweaks to it that added ability. Does that mean I won't buy the newer Kobalt tool? Nope,
already own one. But my older tool, for the three main intended functions, is sturdier and better suited. The Kobalt tool has so many different
notches and holes in it to do new things that I honestly don't trust it's longevity.
The F-22 Raptor is (potentially, hopefully) a fantastic tool of war. As is the F-35 JSF. But they simply aren't designed to chew up earth and armor in
close combat. Sure, they can cause some damage, but they have much lower survivability in those roless.
You wouldn't use a precision jewellers screwdriver to chisel marble for a statue. It might work for a minute, but it simply isn't up to the task. And
demanding the marble soften itself to conform to the capability of your equipment is just f'ing stupid.
Sorry for the rant, folks.