The following article has been delivered to
staunch liberals and conservatives and upon their review it received
about a 90% approval. Even the anti-war zealots
have generally agreed that the following outline is the way to go to
eliminate our Enemies, the Terrorists, and defeat their organizations.
Forget about "nation and democracy building" in Afghanistan and
remember and use the lessons learned in Iraq. Remember Our
Mission -- Eliminate Terrorists Where Ever!
Politically, we believe, that is a plan that the majority of our
citizens and the military will support. The many units that
control the government of Afghanistan will recognize and appreciate our
tactics which will give them control while not interfering in the
political realities of their "democracy".
The authority to govern in Afghanistan comes from the tally of votes
reported by the many strictly controlled local units. Each
one of which is under the tight control of a determined
leader. These various leaders will be pleased that we are not
continuing to interfering with the control of their local
Cmdr. Paul Coughlin
Back to Our Basic 911 Mission! --
Back to Eliminating Terrorists -- The Realistic Military Approach.
Create safe zones (forts), Increase the use of our advanced technology,
turn other areas over to the Afghan Army, move our and allied troops
into the safe zones and supply them completely by air. Ground
delivery routs, in that country, are death traps.
Let the Afghanistan people and the War Lords fend for themselves and
lead their lives as they wish. We will give them help only
against real terrorist. This will allow them to get to know
friend from foe – just as citizens and tribal leaders of Iraq finally
learned. A variation of the strategy here proposed resulted
in our winning of the war in Iraq.
Use to the fullest extent our air-ground technology for observation and
precision bombing to punish the terrorists in that entire multi country
zone and give serious protection to the lives of our and allied
troops. We now control the bases from which the campaign
against the terrorist may be delivered.
Aid to the poor and needy would be delivered just outside of
the fortified areas. Help where it is appreciated and
needed. No more Mr. Nice guy!
The enemy will continue to kill civilians after or during each bombing
attack and claim that our bomb was responsible. The publicity may, for
a while, be adverse to our position but the people in each locality
will know the truth. The War Lords, who are now against us, will become
acquainted with their real enemy, as they did in Iraq and will assist
us in our Mission..
Return immediately to the accomplishment of our original
Mission – The elimination of al-Qaida, Taliban, the terrorist and
Explain this to the Media and be sure they understand these new tactics
and the advantage they offer to all concerned. When they
understand the purpose and goals and what it means to all people most
of the editors may give more credit to the positive aspects of this
approach instead of only the bad angles.
Our Mission, if approached in a manner similar to the outline above,
will save lives of our and our allies' people at home and abroad and
win the war against the Terrorists.
Cmdr. Paul E. Coughlin, Naval Aviator, WWII -- Air Force, Air-Ground
Tactician, Korea -- Army, National Guard, College
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