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U.S. Military recognizes that in the end ‘soft power’ wins…..Not guns and missiles…..

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that victory in Iraq and Afghanistan won\’t come in one glorious battle.

Instead, Adm. Mike Mullen told a Kansas State University audience, success in the long wars will be determined by use of military and diplomatic powers, along with support from U.S. allies.

Mullen said there won’t be a day when commanders ”stand up and say ‘That’s it, it’s over. We won.”’

”We will win, but we will do so only over time and only after near-constant reassessment and readjustment,” Mullen said. ”Quite frankly, it will feel a lot less like a knockout punch and a lot more like recovering from a long illness.”

Mullen said the outcome of Sunday’s elections in Iraq will indicate how well the United States is doing there. He said in recent visits to Basra and Anbar Province that Iraqis were more concerned about economics and politics than security issues leading up to the vote, which he called ”a good sign.”

He said the U.S. intends to abide by its security agreement with Iraq and reduce the level of troops there by half to about 50,000 by August.

”There’s every indication that an awful lot of Iraqis are going to vote,” Mullen said. ”I think what is next is dependent on the new Iraqi government.”

Mullen, speaking as part of Kansas State’s Landon Lecture series, said the use of military power should never be the last option, but potentially the best first option when paired with other means of national and international power.

He also noted ongoing operations in Afghanistan, where U.S. and Afghan forces have been embroiled in an offensive near Marjah to reclaim the area from Taliban fighters.

Mullen said commanders were taking a deliberate approach to minimize civilian casualties in an area considered the hub of Taliban activity, rather than using carpet bombing or missile strikes.

”Frankly, the battlefield isn’t a field anymore,” Mullen said. ”It’s in the minds of the people. It’s what they believe to be true that matters.”

He said there was no ”American way” to fighting wars and that history shows the nation’s enemies will adapt to U.S. strategy. Mullen said the U.S. will reassess its Afghanistan strategy in December and adapt accordingly.

”Trying everything else is not weakness,” he said. ”It means we don’t give up. It means we never stop learning.”

Mullen’s lecture struck a tone similar to that of Defense Secretary Robert Gates when he was on the same Kansas State stage in November 2007. Both men said the United States must do more to encourage the use of ”soft power” to resolve conflicts.

Amen……


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March 3, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Home, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

U.S. Military recognizes that in the end 'soft power' wins…..Not guns and missiles…..

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that victory in Iraq and Afghanistan won\’t come in one glorious battle.

Instead, Adm. Mike Mullen told a Kansas State University audience, success in the long wars will be determined by use of military and diplomatic powers, along with support from U.S. allies.

Mullen said there won’t be a day when commanders ”stand up and say ‘That’s it, it’s over. We won.”’

”We will win, but we will do so only over time and only after near-constant reassessment and readjustment,” Mullen said. ”Quite frankly, it will feel a lot less like a knockout punch and a lot more like recovering from a long illness.”

Mullen said the outcome of Sunday’s elections in Iraq will indicate how well the United States is doing there. He said in recent visits to Basra and Anbar Province that Iraqis were more concerned about economics and politics than security issues leading up to the vote, which he called ”a good sign.”

He said the U.S. intends to abide by its security agreement with Iraq and reduce the level of troops there by half to about 50,000 by August.

”There’s every indication that an awful lot of Iraqis are going to vote,” Mullen said. ”I think what is next is dependent on the new Iraqi government.”

Mullen, speaking as part of Kansas State’s Landon Lecture series, said the use of military power should never be the last option, but potentially the best first option when paired with other means of national and international power.

He also noted ongoing operations in Afghanistan, where U.S. and Afghan forces have been embroiled in an offensive near Marjah to reclaim the area from Taliban fighters.

Mullen said commanders were taking a deliberate approach to minimize civilian casualties in an area considered the hub of Taliban activity, rather than using carpet bombing or missile strikes.

”Frankly, the battlefield isn’t a field anymore,” Mullen said. ”It’s in the minds of the people. It’s what they believe to be true that matters.”

He said there was no ”American way” to fighting wars and that history shows the nation’s enemies will adapt to U.S. strategy. Mullen said the U.S. will reassess its Afghanistan strategy in December and adapt accordingly.

”Trying everything else is not weakness,” he said. ”It means we don’t give up. It means we never stop learning.”

Mullen’s lecture struck a tone similar to that of Defense Secretary Robert Gates when he was on the same Kansas State stage in November 2007. Both men said the United States must do more to encourage the use of ”soft power” to resolve conflicts.

Amen……


March 3, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Home, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

McChrystal doesn’t give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McChrystal doesn't give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The troops are getting their ducks in a row about Afghanistan……..

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Aftganistan, Admiral Mike Mullen,  Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the other senior military commanders prosecuting the war campaign, held a last minute meeting in Germany to get on the same page about the upcoming sell on increased troops for Afghanistan…….

Make no mistake, there is a request going back with Mullen to Washington for more troops…….McChrystal isn’t gonna blink…and Obama will have the buck stopping on his desk…with Congress looking over his shoulder…..

I’m betting on more troops………

Note:….The President has asked Mullen to stay on for another 2 year term as Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , and  Congress has approved……

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment