This Blog was started with a very narrow focus and that was elevating the conversation about the ROE as it is presently in Afghanistan and using it as a launching point for further conversations with our Legislators. I think it is obvious to everyone that the ROE is just an outgrowth of a larger more ominous problem and that is the current administration's vision for future operations in Afghanistan. A single strategy COIN (counterinsurgency) doctrine is now in full play there and it only needs the blessing of the President to keep it that way. While some elements of COIN may need to be employed as this war progresses, it is short-sighted to believe it is the single way to win. We have a very small window of opportunity to speak to our congressional delegates and effect the change that is necessary to move away from COIN and back to the more critical ‘chase and kill’ strategy.
The enemy is insidious and single-minded in his mission and we must be equally intent in our resolve to meet them on a battlefield of our choosing. Theirs is to kill all apostates and unbelievers and ours needs to be in kind. Short of that and we will find ourselves on the wrong side of this fight when history is written.
A few days ago I recommended a book that is a must read for all who are fully engaged in this fight. You all need to follow this link to Andrew Bostom’s website and his book, read the preface and purchase the book. http://www.andrewbostom.org/loj/ I have read many books on the history of Islam and Mohammed but have never found so comprehensive a book. If you have been reading, you will find this the one-stop manual you have been searching for. If you haven't started; this will save you hours of searching.