posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 12:59 PM
I did not teach at the war college and I have only personally studied military history which is of great interest. I have read and studied from
ancient times to today. LOL… I feel confident The Joint Chiefs nor any other agency would take my opines seriously and so they would have no
interest in my writings or opinions… lol … you are far too kind, but thank you none the less.
In answer to your first question, “Would potential adversaries see our policy change as demonstrating weakness?”
Charles, I assume you mean President Obama attempting to appear softer and align the US more with the world and adversarial countries. This is
difficult to determine as I would suggest any policy change is relative and specific to a country, e.g. previous history with the US, location on the
map, type of association with our friends or enemies, religion, etc.
In the case of Iran, I think few have a clear understanding of the situation due to the overly complex differences in religion and culture which
divides the country of Iran from within and withdraws it from the region and the world.
In answer to your question, yes, I think Iran would see a softening of US policy as a weakness.
To your second question, “If so would they feel emboldened to cause trouble?”
Yes, to a point as I feel the few radical Muslims who wield most of the power in Iran believe all Muslims will react to their actions by a few
cowering in a corner and the majority rising up in defense. All who care to learn know their religion creates a culture impossible to negotiate or
reason with totally due to their particular belief in death and the afterlife.
However, I would hope and I believe all countries including China, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, etc. have seen and learned that throwing
thousands of soldiers at an enemy no longer wins the day or a war.
The display of modern weapons employed by US and NATO forces in Iraq have clearly shown that whole brigades and divisions can be destroyed on a front
by a flight of airpower carrying multicapibility-munitions.
Iraq was the example to the world as Saddam's military fought WW 2 ½ and was all but obliterated.