Here’s an interesting piece of dissent in the Pittsburgh (leftish) paper from an Army brigadier who landed a gig running a college in South Carolina. It’s a speech to the kiddies, and an interesting bit of dissent; one of the more coherent pieces of disagreement I’ve seen in a while. It’s worth a read. Interesting that the Post-Gazette puts a rather jarringly inappropriate photo for a speech that a college president’s giving as a convocation to a bunch of college types.
I don’t agree with the speaker’s “not enough troops” argument–the issue is that we were strategically surprised by a preplanned insurgency, not that Shinseki Was Right; look at Afghanistan for a parallel without the flypaper that is Iraq; look at van Steenwyk’s brilliant takedown of the Not Enough Troops argument for the period immediately after the world’s longest rush to war; look at a map and a calendar to deal with the argument for Anaconda.
I also see this retired brigadier using constricted thinking in attacking the other services for perceived shortfalls in his parent service and in not understanding that a large organization has to simultaneously deal in the now and in the later, and not bankrupt the future by focusing on today’s war exclusively. Most importantly, the author treats Iraq as if there is only one actor there–the U.S.–and ignores the effect of anyone else who might have a stake in affecting the outcome, for instance the enemy. The term “information war” might be of use somewhere in the speech; I’ve heard that somewhere related to the war, perhaps.
That said, the speech isn’t too bad.
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