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Discussion Point #1 "The United States War on Terror bears a great deal of similarities to conflicts we have had in the past and yet takes on a life...

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Discussion Point #1 The United States War on Terror bears a great deal of similarities to conflicts we have had in the past and yet takes on a life of its own and it is important to not minimize the war we are in by attempting the same strategies used in the past. Instead we should learn from our past and adapt it to best approach the issues we face today. In one of my other classes today we were actually discussing the way in which America’s military tactics have changed. During the Vietnam War we were entirely focused on killing as many enemies as possible. We did not attempt to hold ground or positions during this conflict. This was an attitude that followed the US armed forces for years. However, this sort of strategy encourages those we are fighting because they realize that we are not in the conflict for the long haul. This allows them to sit back and take losses but not be crushed. (One of the things Mr. Ritchie talks about “taking a blow.” [1] Americans do not have the stomach or patience to fight a drawn out war without clear objectives defining victory; which in turn has led to “Stability Operations.” However, there is a confict that occurred beFore Korea, Vietnam, the GulF Wars, and other theaters that many want to use to compare our war on terror to that mirrors the one we are in today. Except, we were victorious! This was in the Philippines and it is From this confict that we should look to today. AFter a short and unsuccessFul conventional ±ght, the Moros (a sect oF Muslim Philippines leading the insurrection) turned to guerrilla warFare. [2] General Pershing handled the situation masterfully. He began to break up his forces into smaller units and began what we can call stability operations. Building report with local leaders and enlisting their help in rooting out the insurgents. In addition Pershing was ruthless in his dealings with these terrorists. There is a story of Pershing capturing 50 of the terrorist and having his men soak their bullets in pig’s blood and execute 49 of them, releasing the last man to spread the story. [3] Now, there is a great deal of dispute as to whether this actually occurred or something similar to the effect. However, I am not endorsing that sort of action. Pershing did a great deal of good for the Philippines as well. “He did a lot of what we would call ‘winning hearts and minds’ and embraced reforms which helped end their resistance.” [4] There has never been a war exactly like we are in today and we would be foolish to make sure a generalizing statement. It is important to realize this but look to past conflicts to see things we did wrong like we did in Vietnam and things that were effective Philippines.” [1] Robert Ritchie, “Muscle and Blood vs. Industry E²ciency” (Liberty University.) [2] David Silbey,“The Philippine War Is Not So Di³erent From AFghanistan.” Informationclearinghouse.Info . [3] State Department, " The Philippine-American War , 1899–1902," accessed Mar. 8, 2016 [4] David Silbey,“The Philippine War Is Not So Di³erent From AFghanistan.”
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Discussion Point #2 “Current world Contingency Operation can be compared to Desert Storm, which was a battle waged by coalition forces to stop the invasion and seizure of Kuwait by Iraq. Or the Korean War where the Government attempted to convert all of South and North Korea into a communist nation. Compared to the war on terror these conflicts had the same objective to stop the opposing groups from gaining a foothold in areas they were attempting to infiltrate, protect its citizen from harm, and to stop a group of radical fundamentalist from taking the lives of innocent people and spreading their message of fear, hate and oppression. This current war on terror is nothing new some of the events can be compared to the attack of Iraq on Kuwait when Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard crossed the Kuwaiti border to take over the wealth of Kuwait. [1] or when the DPRK crossed the separation line and attacked the DPK in an effort to unite the two countries. These two attacks are similar to the events that lead to our current contingency operation the assault on terror. That attack began when a group of Islamic Extreme Fundamentalist, decided to wage war on the world they started with America by attacking the World Trade Center using passenger Airplanes, and they have been on the attack since 2011 by bombing several different countries the latest Paris. According to Robert Richie “no war ever finishes”. And it seems no war is ever original some of the themes from the old wars has carried over into today’s theme in the war on terror.” [1] . Richard W. Stewart, American Military History Volume II The United States Army in a Global Era, 1917-2003. Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, 2005. Pg 412 Chp 13
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The war on terror is indeed a pressing issue for most countries in the world today. The United
Nations has been on the fore front in championing this war. However, just like any...

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