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President Obama’s Announces His Half A Loaf Retreat and Defeat Strategy To The World–Time For Someone In The Know To Blow The Whistle On The Obama Hokey Pokey!

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Obama: More Troops to Aghanistan; Timetable to Leave

obama speech afghanistan

Reaction to Afghanistan Speech – CNN

Reaction to Afghanistan Strategy


Glenn Beck Show – December 1, 2009 – Pt 2 of 7 – Susan Ferrechio

Obama to announce Afghanistan troop strategy Tuesday

Democrats Afghanistan Strategy Counter Productive

General McChrystal Speech


General McChrystal Speech Part 2

General McChrystal Speech Part 3

Reasons for Optimism in Afghanistan? – General Jack Keane

Beating The Taliban By The Book – Afghanistan


The top secret classified detailed report prepared by General McCrystal apparently asked for 60,000 additional troops with an absolute minimum of 40,000 and the strategy was a “game changer.”

This would require the deployment of between about twelve and sixteen army combat brigades.

President Obama announced tonight that an additional 30,000 troops would be deployed or about eight combat brigades.

This represents 50% or what General McCrystal asked for and 75% of the absolute minimum.

Will NATO come up with additional 10,000 to 30,000 troops?

If not, the minimum resources requested falls far short.

Combined this with an eighteen to thirty-six month time schedule and victory is clearly not the goal of this war.

Counterinsurgency warfare does not usually have such a short time line and should not be announced no matter how long or short it is.

The disclosure of a timeline for withdrawal was to try to placate President Obama progressive radical socialist base in the Democratic Party. This only gives the Taliban a weapon to intimidate those who support what the US is doing in Afghanistan.

A three year timeline that just happens to coinside with the 2012 elections in the United States means the President wants all or most of the troops out of Afghanistan as well as Iraq before the 2012 election campaign. The timeline appears to be paced by election politics rather than military necessity.

Just remember that this President lies regulary and there are enough loopholes in the speech that the President could get out sooner or much latter depending on what is happening on the ground.

Does the United States Army have the necessary trained, equipped and available combat brigades for such a deployment?

Apparently not.

The force structure was deeply cut under President Clinton and now when the troops are needed, they are simply not enough for victory.

Will the whistle be blown?

I doubt it, but expect more and more leaks.

Mission impossible will quickly become Obama’s retreat and defeat strategy.

President Obama or the I/me President is simply not committed to this effort.

The President is more interested and committed to health insurance reform and a cap and trade energy tax than waging war in Afghanistan.

Either give General McCrystal 50,000 troops or fourteen combat brigades over the next three years or leave Afghanistan now.

“In war there is no substitute for victory.” said General Douglas MacArthur.

President Obama never says victory.

The American people are now searching for an Obama exit strategy.

The Obama retreat and defeat strategy will not make the progressive radical socialist–peace at any price-wing of the Democratic Party happy.

Code Pink, Woman for Peace, have already given Obama’s plan a song and dance–The Hokey Pokey:

How to do the Hokey Pokey 



Background Articles and Videos

Thomas Barnett: The Pentagon’s new map for war and peace

The Pentagons New Map – Thomas Barnett lecture


At War with General Jack Keane

Conversations with History: Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson: War in the Post Modern World – why the new laws of conflict are surreal


General McCrystal’s Afghanistan Assessment: An Alternate View

Brian Matos


“…The key takeaway from this assessment is the urgent need for a significant change to our strategy and the way we think and operate,” states McCrystal on page 1-1 of the report. Later in the report he elaborates by saying that U.S. and NATO forces must change their mind set from killing the enemy alone, to protecting the entire civilian population from the Taliban, Al Qeada, violent ethic extremists and internal criminals. The change in mind set would require U.S. troops to blend in with the population, getting closer than ever before and risking immense danger by trusting local leaders who may double cross them.

The General calls for a full counter insurgency which will require more “resources” than what the NATO and U.S. forces now have. The report does not make clear how many resources, a.k.a troops, it will take to launch this Iraq-like surge, nor does it make any suggestion that more “resources” will come from other NATO nations. …”

“…McCrystal ends his assessment by simply stating, “Through proper resourcing, rigorous implementation, and sustained political will, this refocused strategy offers (the coalition) the best prospect for success in this important mission.” ”

Brigade Unit of Action

“…The Army normally deployed forces in 2,500 to 4,200-soldier Brigade Combat Teams. These consist of a ground-maneuver brigade (most divisions have three) augmented by other units, such as artillery battalions, which are controlled by the division commander.

The new “brigade based” structure will replace the current arrangement, designed for the Cold War when the Army was prepared to fight giant set-piece battles on European soil, where the support roles were organized at the division level. It will improve the deployment ratio so that there can be two brigades at home for every one deployed overseas.Brigade combat teams will be restructured into Brigade Units of Action. Once transitioned, BUAs will enable greater capacity for rapid packaging and responsive and sustained employment to support combatant commanders. BUAs will also enhance the expeditionary and campaign qualities of Army forces by better enabling Joint/coalition operations. The transition to BUAs will also increase the brigade-equivalent forces available to meet both enduring and emerging mission requirements.

Within the force the Army will have formations that are leaner, that rely on Joint force capabilities and that rely on information. The Army is going to build these future force teams around a combat team, and is not going to wait until 2010. The Army began this change in 2004 (with) a movement to brigade combat teams where the brigade commander will have everything he needs to execute the operation. The brigade combat team will all be packaged within one team – formed that way, packaged that way – and will deploy as an entity, not as a number of small units pulled together when the flag goes up.

The restructuring would leave a division with three types of brigades: heavy, with armor; light, with motorized infantry, and airborne. This new Brigade Units of Action is different from the Units of Action the Army is forming to achieve the Future Combat Systems [FCS]. The FCS first unit equipped (FUE)-one battalion equivalent-in 2008 and an initial operating capability of one brigade Unit of Action (UoA) in 2010.

Growing the fourth includes taking much of the division-level support elements — such as engineers, military intelligence, supply and maintenance units — and making them organic to the brigade structure.

The service will move some enabling resources – such as air defense, signal and intelligence – to the brigade level. Each brigade unit of action will have one fewer company-size element and less artillerymen. However, it will have more military policemen, better command and control assets to talk to each other over long distances, and more certified troops to call in close air support. The brigade unit of action will have enough command and control capability to operate independently. This pushes support roles down to the brigade level. It takes the support brigades — those that do artillery, supply and maintenance, for the most part — and sprinkle their personnel across the Brigade. …”

Structure of the U.S. Army

Officially, a member of the U.S. Army is called a Soldier which is written with a capital letter.

The U.S. Army is structured:

  1. Field Army: Usually four star level (GEN).
  2. Corps: Consists of two or more divisions and organic support brigades. Commanders are generally at three star level (LTG).
  3. Division Commanders: Generally two star level (MG).
  4. Brigade (or group): Composed of typically three or more battalions, and commanded by a Colonel (Col). (See Regiment for combat arms units.)
  5. Battalion (or squadron): Most units are organized into battalions. Cavalry units are formed into squadrons. A battalion-sized unit is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), supported by a Command Sergeant Major/E-9 (CSM). This unit consists of a Battalion Commander (CO, LTC), a Battalion Executive Officer (XO,MAJ), a Command Sergeant Major (CSM) and headquarters, 3-5 Company Commanders (CPT), 3-5 Company Executive Officers (1LT), 3-5 First Sergeants (1SG) and headquarters, 6 or more Platoon Leaders (2LT/1LT), 6 or more Platoon sergeants (SFC),and 12 or more Squad Leaders (any NCO).
  6. Company (or battery/troop): Artillery units are formed into batteries. Cavalry units are formed into troops. A company-sized unit is usually led by a Company Commander usually the rank of Captain/O-3 (CPT) supported by a First Sergeant/E-8 (1SG). This unit consists of a Company Commander (CO, CPT), a Company Executive Officer (XO,1LT), A First Sergeant(1SG) and a headquarters, Two or more Platoon Leaders (2LT/1LT), two or more Platoon Searents (SFC), and four or more Squad Leaders (any NCO).
  7. Platoon: Usually led by a lieutenant supported by a Sergeant First Class/E-7 (SFC). This unit consists of a Platoon Leader (2LT/1LT), a Platoon Sergeant (SFC), and two or more Squad Leaders (any NCO).
  8. Section: Usually directed by Staff Sergeants/E-6 (SSG) whom supply guidance for junior NCO Squad leaders. Often used in conjunction with platoons at the company level.
  9. Squad: Squad leaders are often Staff Sergeants/E-6 (SSG), Sergeants/E-5 (SGT), or Corporals/E-4 (CPL). This unit consists of eight to ten Soldiers.
  10. Fire team: Usually consists of four Soldiers: a fire team leader, a grenadier, and two riflemen. Fire team leaders are often Corporal/E-4 (CPL).

The Army is organized by function. Combat forces include Infantry, Armor, Cavalry, Artillery, and Special Forces. Combat support troops include Army Aviation, Army Corps of Engineers, Quartermaster Corps, Medical Corps, Transportation Corps, Ordnance Corps, Adjutant General’s Corps, Signal Corps, Intelligence Corps. Support troops include the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

United States Army Brigade

In the United States Army, a brigade is smaller than a division and roughly equal to or a little larger than a regiment. Strength typically ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 personnel. Army brigades formerly contained two or more and typically five regiments, during the American Civil War and continuing as a formation through WW 1, but this structure is now considered obsolete since an Army reorganization before WW 2. The US Army has moved to a new generic brigade combat team formation which contain combat elements and their support units, and is standard across the active US Army, US Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.

In the United States Marine Corps, brigades are only formed for certain missions. Unlike the United States Army, the Marines have intact regimental structures. A Marine brigade is formed only for special expeditionary duty, for which it is outfitted like a smaller Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). For example, TF TARAWA (2d MEB) during the Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign.

The Brigade Commander is usually a colonel, although a lieutenant colonel can be selected for brigade command in lieu of an available colonel. A typical tour of duty for this assignment is twenty four to thirty six months.

A brigade commander enjoys an appreciably sized headquarters and staff to assist him or her in commanding the brigade and its subordinate battalion units. The typical staff includes:

  • a brigade deputy commanding officer, usually a lieutenant colonel
  • a brigade executive officer, usually a lieutenant colonel
  • a brigade command sergeant major
  • a personnel officer (S1), usually a major
  • an intelligence officer (S2), usually a major
  • an operations officer (S3), usually a lieutenant colonel
  • a logistics officer (S4), usually a major
  • a communications officer (S6), usually a major
  • a medical officer, usually a major
  • a Judge Advocate General (legal) officer, usually a major
  • a brigade chaplain, usually a major

In addition, the headquarters will include additional junior staff officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted support personnel in the occupational specialities of the staff sections; these personnel will ordinarily be assigned to the brigade’s headquarters and headquarters company.

Book TV: Lt. Col. John Nagl “The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual”

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