by Bret Gould
I read lot’s of blogs. James Wesley Rawles, American Mercenary and Mountain Guerrilla being in the mix. I am writing in response to the air of invincible arrogance exuded by some of our former military types on the net. It would seem to many of these types that if you are not a high speed, spec ops, military acronym slinger like Mountain guerrilla, you are just inadequate.
Let us examine the issue with some real life context. First off , I have good friends who were and are in the military. I have the utmost respect with those guys. But they are still human and with that have the vulnerabilities and frailties of mortal form. First let us look back in history. Some rag tag Americans at Lexington Green seemed to light a fuse and win over the best army in the world, England. Our farmers fought professional soldiers, something that Mosby and American Mercenary say is impossible, and won.
During WW2 a group of the crack Blue Devil British Parachute Regiment, was dropped into combat. They just had the misfortune to land amongst some conscripted German professional Hunters, who happened to bring along their rifles. Now these hunters were not military trained Waffen SS or anything like that. Folks they were simply very very good rlfle shots. Oh, like some of the civilians we have around today. The resulting slaughter was something out of a nightmare. The former pro hunters simply did what they do and the arrogance of the elite para-troops simply did not faze the Germans. The pro hunters simply shot them all.
Let us move to the Afghans fighting the Russians in the 80’s. The Russians threw everything they had at the Afghans, except nukes, and lost. The vaunted spetsnaz, elite Russian special forces, maybe even measuring up to American Mercenary or Mosby’s standards, did not prevail and in fact died horribly. Coincidentally, those boys did not do any better against another guerrilla fighter in Chechnya. Che chechens seemed to do very very well in anti armor tactics and sniping. Oh and long range marksmanship is another issue the experts say is not a factor. Funny Bat Masterson and Billy Dixon seemed to use those tactics quite well at the battle of Adobe Walls, but lets not get any relevant historical facts mixed in here to confuse our spec ops experts.
Let us examine the debacle called Somalia. Two Delta force snipers drop in, and are killed. These guys are the best of the best but the events leading up to this illustrate the arrogance of the military “experts.” We use the same air insertion routes daily . No route changes as advised by Robert Rogers in his treatise on ranger tactics. Maybe the rangers should have re-read that book. We used million dollar satellite phone technology while the Somali’s would simply burn a tire to delineate the combat area. The Rangers will make every excuse in the book, the overwhelming kill ratio etc., but the Somalis still won. A rag tag bunch of illiterate people who rode around with machine guns in the back of Toyota trucks beat the world’s finest special forces. Yet we are to believe that if it every happened here we are just doomed.
My purpose in writing about this arrogance is not to degenerate or tarnish the military forces that serve us. It is to highlight that, in the upcoming fight, WE, as simple Americans can prevail against our enemies whomever they maybe. Many of the people today simply have a defeatist attitude that if, god forbid, elements of the U.S. military turn on us all is lost. We as Americans, have that frontier spirit and a will to fight unmatched. When we finally decide to fight, we take it to the enemy. Our country is now very heavily armed, by any account, due to the politics and tyranny of the day. Do not let some Internet bloggers dissuade you from defending your home and hearth. Even though the experts have no faith in the American people, I have a feeling that a few native Cajun Deer hunters will give the bad guys a run for their money. We did in 1812, standing with a few pirates like Jean Lafitte and a real leader like Andrew Jackson.