Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Report from San Antonio

Speaking today at the St. Mary's Law School conference on the psychological implications of the rules of engagement. From the talks thus far and informal conversations our current rules are so out of touch with operational realities I detected a deep sense of disssatisfaction with senior command, and generally low morale. Some folks here are openly quite contemptuous about how the war is being fought. Pretty clear we're getting butts kicked 24/7 by a highly motivated, fearless enemy in it for the long haul.

Plan to say today currrent rules of engagement are psycho-toxic and should be scrapped and completely rewritten to reflect the realities of 21st century assymetric warfare. Otherwise we might go the way of the Aztecs, Incas and Troy. The enemy is playing chess while we're playing checkers.

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