Maybe the people in charge of our military are standing around tapping their feet and drumming their fingers...just waiting for your 'OH-SO-knowledgeable' warfare brilliance and experience to guide them from their collective foibles and blundering ways
I am by no means a brilliant war strategist. But just about every war strategist and politicians too knows it is not wise to telegraph your moves to the enemy.
"Not all that long ago, leading Democrats thought arbitrary and rigid timetables were a very bad idea. Speaking at the National Press Club in 2005, now-Majority Leader Harry Reid said
this: "As far as setting a timeline, as we learned in the Balkans, that's not a wise decision, because it only empowers those who don't want us there, and it doesn't work well to do that."
Six months later, the now-Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Joseph Biden, put it this way
: "A deadline for pulling out . . . will only encourage our enemies to wait us out." He added it would be "a Lebanon in 1985 [sic]. And God knows where it goes from there."
And three months later, the junior Senator from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said
this: "I don't believe it's smart to set a date for withdrawal. I don't think you should ever telegraph your intentions to the enemy so they can await you."
The arguments made by these Democrats were based on a time-honored truth:
Setting a date certain for withdrawal, regardless of conditions on the ground and the trajectory of events, is exactly what our enemies want. "
As a general rule of military strategy, you don't want to take steps that are the equivalent of sending a gift-wrapped package to your adversaries. That is precisely what a date certain for withdrawal would be. Once upon a time, leading Democrats believed this and therefore argued against it. Now they are arguing for it. I'll leave it to others to ascertain why that might be the case.
Here are the words of a military strategist:
"Retired Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales Jr., former commandant of the Army War College who wrote the service's official history of the 1991 Persian Gulf war, likened the current strategy to a football team employing a no-huddle offense.
"You have to build uncertainty. You don't want to telegraph your intentions, so you have the flexibility and the freedom to operate far afield," he explained."
(interestingly he even used a game as an analogy)