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by Dale Brown, [IMAGE]2014


[MEGAFORTRESS.COM image] A threat has suddenly appeared on our horizon in the Middle East: a Sunni Islamist army, more organized, armed, cruel, vicious, and funded than even al-Qaeda or the Taliban, has taken over several cities and towns in eastern Syria and northern Iraq. They have marched to within an artillery barrage's distance of the Green Zone, the massive embassy complex in Baghdad, the largest U.S. embassy complex in the world. They are armed with American armored vehicles, weapons, and have possibly discovered Iraqi chemical weapons.

No, this is not the opening paragraph of one of my novel's outlines: this is real. It's happening right now. Today.

The American response has been described as feeble at best and laughable at worst: U.S. air forces have conducted a couple dozen limited airstrikes on Islamic State position per day against mobile oil refineries and individual vehicles. The 60-nation coalition that the U.S. has claimed has been mobilized against ISIS has not materialized. Even NATO allies in the region seem very hesitant to commit to the fight.

Let's jump back to the summer of 1990:

Saddam Hussein, on the heels of a hard-fought victory against Iran in the ten-year long Iraq-Iran War of 1980, invades Kuwait, claiming it as a long-lost province of Iraq. Kuwait, an ally of the U.S., asks for help.

President George H.W. Bush doesn't declare anything--but he puts U.S. forces on full alert. I was on the island of Guam in the summer of 1990 as a member of a press pool covering a 15th Air Force bombing exercise, when dozens of U.S Air Force bombers and tankers simply...disappeared. They told us they were "typhoonevaced," but we could see there were no typhoons around threatening us. The typhoon was in Kuwait. Everything in the theater of operations was suddenly committed to the Iraqi threat. Hundreds of Air Force tactical aircraft were suddenly unavailable. No questions, no answers.

I was eventually returned to the U.S., but what I witnessed on my return was the most massive mobilization of U.S. combat forces, mostly air combat forces, since the Korean War. Every war air machine possible was heading to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Anything that could carry a bomb was pressed into service. Vietnam-era F-4s Phantoms and A-10 Thunderbolts were flying over Iraq almost daily.

So what's the point here?

First of all: you DO NOT tell the bad guys what you're NOT going to do. In war, NOTHING is off the table. You try to invade Baghdad: we're going to nuke your butt. If you can't sell that notion, don't bother threatening your adversaries with anything less.

Second: go in BIG. If you need 50,000 troops to defeat ISIL, send in 100,000. Your adversaries only respect strength, not weakness. Even if only a fraction of your soldiers are armed front-line combat fighters, send in more. More is always best.

Third: make sure your troops know that their job is to win because afterwards they get to go home. American troops have no business on foreign soil. We will go in, hit hard, kick ass, and go home; and if we need to come back, we will hit you even harder, then go home.

I am a U.S. soldier. I am not an occupier--I am a conqueror. I will take what I want and hold it only as long as necessary to achieve my nation's military goals. Nothing less is unacceptable.

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