Policy, appears to be a slightly more militant Obamanoid waste of lives.
Rex Tillerson said this:
We May Not Win A Battlefield Victory But You Won’t Either
And Gorka QUIT saying this:
“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week…
“The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…
“Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.”
I really didn’t care so much for Bannon leaving as he was a firebreathing bomb thrower inside who I felt might be a big time leaker, and his objectives (the worthy ones) could be reached without his techniques.
Gorka, however, is a policy and strategy guy. Will Walid Phares be next?
He is correct on the enemy and correct as to what victory takes.
Donald Trump has now embarked, as TIllerson makes clear, on a policy of MANAGING terror which then is ACCEPTING (since we are not perfect) of some American CIVILIAN casualties here in the USA.
Are we too tired, too civilized, too selfish here in our BBQ’s and good times, to accept there is no alternative but to define victory and act to win, to engage the public in whatever we need to do?
Hassan Abassi, chief military strategist for the Guardian Council of Iran
Hideous, racial, offensive, and VICTORY. Sometimes, it WILL BE DIRTY
Attempts to MANAGE the GWOT WILL, for democracies and republics, over the LONG WAR result in LOSS OF THE WAR
Theorem for all combat and all war