'The results won't be pretty'
The Pentagon is finishing up a study
on what went right and wrong in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but some 'big war' brass obviously haven't a clue about John Boyd and 'transformation' warfare. The fact the Pentagon refused to even study insurgencies
after Vietnam says so much about the mindset of some. ... Finishing up 'Cobra II,'
I'm struck by a couple of things: A.) The military fought well in the drive to Baghdad, improvising at all times and moving fast. Thank goodness for their heroism and boldness -- and the form of 'transformation' they employed. The battle for Baghdad could have been a nightmare. B.) The failings came in not planning for an occupation and insurgency. The frustrating aspect of bureaucratic infighting at the Pentagon is that some are trying to use B.) to discredit A.), as if one cancels out the other. Those making such arguments are often 'big war' types trying to confuse the issues. ...