Originally Posted by 42RM
The "problems" are at No. 10 Downing Street and in the schools that produce our generals. Too many dinosaurs among the higher brass who still live in a NATO / WARPAC age. British PM's have been listening to the Exchequer for decades now, always trimming costs, and programs, and units. The results are very small forces, that aren't as well-equipped as they might be.
And then our generals get involved and thinking that they don't have a lot of:
3) Public Support
decide that the solution is a "political" one, rather than a military one. Sure, war is politics, BUT a special kind of politics. And the result is Basra or truces with the Taliban, all in hopes of "finessing" a win, that Britain can't achieve on the battlefield. It hasn't worked all that well. Sorry, and I like Britain...think Britain contributes a tremendous amount to the world and NATO. But our senior commanders just don't want to fight, when fighting is necessary to shape the battlefield and the facts on the ground that will yield a stable peace.....seem to be trying to get a political victory on the cheap.
Plus, I find the British Press and Intelligentsia a bit trying....spent years hearing about how we didn't understand LIC/COIN....too focused on fighting..yada...yada...yada.
During Fallujha the Black watch (i think it was, if memory serves) were sent north to relieve the Marines going up to Fallujha for Phantom fury.
Not only did the then DSF throw in a caviat for "D" 22 NOT to get into the mix..
There were even talk about disengaging the watch after they took several cassualties during the first two weeks in place.
Had that happened it would have opened up another FFZ for the insurgents.
Could you enlighten me on one aspect though?
Are the DSF a political apointee?
A military guy with small units background trying to play politics?
Or just a military guy caught between a rock and a hard place?
Not knowing LIC/COIN?
Your chaps damned near invented the thing.
AND you are currently holding the record for sucessful campaigns in this kind of warfare by far.
You didnīt win by turning the other cheek ALL the time though..
I have said it before and I will say it again.
We need a Sgt with some experience from twentytwo taking point in Afgh, preferably one of them veterans of Op. Storm.