Jamesb101.com

commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

The ‘Biden Option’ has survived and is being used……also…..

In the march up to the President’s tasking order for the Afghan campaign….Vice President Biden argued for ‘hunter, killer’ teams to roam Afghanistan looking to inflict damage in small precise strikes again the enemy……

It appears such a campaign has, and is going forward……

U.S. Delta and U.S. Navy ‘special operators’ are busy doing their work in the hustings of Aftgahanistan…..with the report of these actions one can guess that U.S. Air Force and Marine ‘special operators’ are also involved just as they were in Iraq…..

This comes as no surprise for several reasons…..

The boss in charge is Gen. McChrystal…who ran the Joint Operations Command during the initial war in Iraq…..

The Special Operations techniques worked in Iraq and where refined…with decades old reluctance to integrate units thrown aside…

All the services have realized that Special Ops are here to stay….even the Marines…who where reluctant to embrace the concept and watched them selves get shut out of the action until they reformed up their Special Ops units….

That’s where the money is going…..

And for political reasons…using surgery…is better than using a hammer in many cases…..

Note:…..if you really step back and look at it….the U.S. has embraced many of the Israeli methods of  dealing with their enemy…..astounding, isn’t it?

September 11, 2001 rewrote the map………..

Note#2:…..in the end of the linked piece….the author mentioned that there has developed a little angst from the commanders in Iraq…seems that the Afghan campaign has moved ahead of their theater in pirorities…isn’t that sweet to hear?!….the Iraq operation is beginning to stand down…..progress!

Advertisements

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, Politics, September 11 | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The 'Biden Option' has survived and is being used……also…..

In the march up to the President’s tasking order for the Afghan campaign….Vice President Biden argued for ‘hunter, killer’ teams to roam Afghanistan looking to inflict damage in small precise strikes again the enemy……

It appears such a campaign has, and is going forward……

U.S. Delta and U.S. Navy ‘special operators’ are busy doing their work in the hustings of Aftgahanistan…..with the report of these actions one can guess that U.S. Air Force and Marine ‘special operators’ are also involved just as they were in Iraq…..

This comes as no surprise for several reasons…..

The boss in charge is Gen. McChrystal…who ran the Joint Operations Command during the initial war in Iraq…..

The Special Operations techniques worked in Iraq and where refined…with decades old reluctance to integrate units thrown aside…

All the services have realized that Special Ops are here to stay….even the Marines…who where reluctant to embrace the concept and watched them selves get shut out of the action until they reformed up their Special Ops units….

That’s where the money is going…..

And for political reasons…using surgery…is better than using a hammer in many cases…..

Note:…..if you really step back and look at it….the U.S. has embraced many of the Israeli methods of  dealing with their enemy…..astounding, isn’t it?

September 11, 2001 rewrote the map………..

Note#2:…..in the end of the linked piece….the author mentioned that there has developed a little angst from the commanders in Iraq…seems that the Afghan campaign has moved ahead of their theater in pirorities…isn’t that sweet to hear?!….the Iraq operation is beginning to stand down…..progress!

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, Politics, September 11 | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the 'surge'…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the ‘surge’…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

NATO promises 7,000 troops for Afghanistan……

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Brussels, NATO’s headquarters asking for more troops for President Obama…..so far she has gotten promises for 5,000 troops above the nearly 2,000 that have arrived ‘ in country’ recently….the figures are in flux because several countries where supposed to pull their troops out, but will now reconsider that, several leaders will have trouble sticking with the commitment due to political opposition at home…..and several countries will send troops as advisers..not combat troops…..

Secretary Clinton, General McChrystal and Richard Holbroke, the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will be working the room in Brussels on December 7th, when NATO holds a foreign minister meeting there….

There are 40,000 NATO troops currently in Afghanistan, along with 71,000 U.S. soldiers…..

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gen. McChrystal compliments his boss…..

While a group from Congress visted Kabul, Afghanistan…they got a chance to question General McChrystal…the head of the American and NATO forces in country, about the timeliness of the president’s ( who is the commander-in-Chief ) decision on his troop request….

McChrystal, who got almost everything he asked for, answered the congressmen with this……..

Gen. Stanley McChrystal told lawmakers that President Obama had engaged in a “thoughtful process” on Afghanistan and refused to criticize the president for delaying his decision to send more troops.

Patience is a virtue…..

McChrystal, will undoubtably be back in Washington in the near future to brief the Congress, and the media, on the huge task he has ahead to get his troops to solve a problem, military and political for his boss , President Obama….has his work cut out for him…and getting your boss pissed at you isn’t smart, at all..

 

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Army's Intelligence boss in Afghanistan……Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn…..

Theater Boss in Afghanistan…..Gen. Stanley McChrystal relies on Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn to find out what the bad guys are doing and to get that information to the commanders in the AFPAK region as fast as the Army and NATO can…..in order to do so..he has had to think outside the box…and get others to do so…also……

The Major General, who is close with Gen.’ McChrystal is driven to rework the system to get results….even if he has push to do so….in this piece one sees that the job can be rewarding but very difficult requiring, knowledge, drive, profanity and the ability to sell your ideas to others……

Of course, Flynn has the support of his boss and the mindset that he will try to do whatever he can, however he can to get his job done….this something of an alien concept to soldiers who have moved up the command ladder by following the rules and playing it safe…ah, ‘risk averse’ people…

He seems to have grasped the idea that his enemy has NO rules..only the need and want to win…..

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Men, Military | , , , | Leave a comment

The Army’s Intelligence boss in Afghanistan……Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn…..

Theater Boss in Afghanistan…..Gen. Stanley McChrystal relies on Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn to find out what the bad guys are doing and to get that information to the commanders in the AFPAK region as fast as the Army and NATO can…..in order to do so..he has had to think outside the box…and get others to do so…also……

The Major General, who is close with Gen.’ McChrystal is driven to rework the system to get results….even if he has push to do so….in this piece one sees that the job can be rewarding but very difficult requiring, knowledge, drive, profanity and the ability to sell your ideas to others……

Of course, Flynn has the support of his boss and the mindset that he will try to do whatever he can, however he can to get his job done….this something of an alien concept to soldiers who have moved up the command ladder by following the rules and playing it safe…ah, ‘risk averse’ people…

He seems to have grasped the idea that his enemy has NO rules..only the need and want to win…..

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Men, Military | , , , | Leave a comment

Afghanistan is not Iraq……General Patreaus's strategy dropped……….

General Patreaus’s counterinsurgency strategy of sending the troops out to the boonies to meld with the population, and take the fight to the enemy was successful in Iraq, combined with the ‘surge’……but not so in Afghanistan ( several local bases have been overrun, with casualties ). And so, the White House, seeing headlines of these situations, and the causality reports (which are very sensitive to the US media) , has decided that instead of bolstering up that policy… they will begin to go to the century’s old ‘castle and protect the population one’…….

It has become evident that the President ( echo’s of Viet Nam?) really has no choice but to increase the troop level in the country. McChrystal has been successful in pushing the Pentagon, and the White House in that direction……but the Commander-in-Chief…ever the organizer and compromiser (and politician ) seems to be moving towards a middle ground between Vice President Biden’s call for a smaller footprint and an aggressive ‘hunter killer’ units in the bushes strategy, and McChrstal’s original do the ‘whole 9 yards’ scenario……..

Wel….after all……Patreaus was Bush’s favorite…wasn’t he?

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Afghanistan is not Iraq……General Patreaus’s strategy dropped……….

General Patreaus’s counterinsurgency strategy of sending the troops out to the boonies to meld with the population, and take the fight to the enemy was successful in Iraq, combined with the ‘surge’……but not so in Afghanistan ( several local bases have been overrun, with casualties ). And so, the White House, seeing headlines of these situations, and the causality reports (which are very sensitive to the US media) , has decided that instead of bolstering up that policy… they will begin to go to the century’s old ‘castle and protect the population one’…….

It has become evident that the President ( echo’s of Viet Nam?) really has no choice but to increase the troop level in the country. McChrystal has been successful in pushing the Pentagon, and the White House in that direction……but the Commander-in-Chief…ever the organizer and compromiser (and politician ) seems to be moving towards a middle ground between Vice President Biden’s call for a smaller footprint and an aggressive ‘hunter killer’ units in the bushes strategy, and McChrstal’s original do the ‘whole 9 yards’ scenario……..

Wel….after all……Patreaus was Bush’s favorite…wasn’t he?

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments