Military’s Violent Un-War: Not Constitutional – Not Your Daddy’s War

Steven Givler at Steven Givler Online is reporting on the new training method and strategy of our Military, which is training for counter-insurgencies, rather than training for waging war. He doesn’t claim this lightly. Our Military Commanders now assume we will win the initial battle…know how to do it…have done it…will do it, and so we have moved on. This is of great concern to Givler for numerous reasons; one of which is, it moves us away from the Constitutional precepts of the United States at war.

U.S. Army soldiers from Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment and an Afghan National army soldier survey the valley below for insurgent activity during Operation Hammer Down II in the Watahpur district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 26, 2011. The operation is a coalition effort to disrupt insurgents operating and training throughout the Pech Valley. DoD photo by Spc. Tia Sokimson, U.S. Army.

[Givler] The Constitution recognizes the necessity of war, and sets forth the process for declaring it. What it does not recognize is the state of violent un-war that we have come to accept as normal.

Here is a snippet.

Givler describes the Japanese surrender and the Emperor’s message to his people, and compares it to the end of Saddam Hussein. About the people, he says:

We’re of no help to them in making that leap if, while we’re trying to destroy insurgents, we’re building schools and digging wells. We should be doing nothing of the kind. Suffering is what is needed to make the population shift its perspective, and alleviating the suffering at the same time we’re administering it does not help. The Japanese people went from preferring suicide to laying down their arms and accepting occupation because they had suffered grievously first, which made the surrender acceptable and meaningful. If we had been passing out lead suits and airdropping food at the same time we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, our message would have been seriously muddled. It’s no different in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else.

For the next year, we will all be caught up the 2012 elections, but our troops, in reduced numbers, are still searching for IEDs, rebuilding infrastructure, making short peace with villagers, and doing an incredible job of ferreting out the most dangerous of the dangerous in some of the most difficult terrain in the world – still fighting with the right to win forbidden them. I hope you will read the entire article and pass it on to your readers if you are a blogger, or to friends and family.

Others talking about the new U.S. Military strategy:

Ran/Yos at Si Vis Pacem adds more to the conversation of simultaneous military operations and social bribes (nation building).