Strategic failure is an extraordinarily well produced book, with a thorough active index and active references making it easy to check out sources and learn even more detail about the wealth of information presented.At the time the book was started, in 2012, Obama’s domestic and economic policies were pretty clearly ineffective, giving at best a sluggish recovery (despite spinning the unemployment statistics and cover-up currency manipulations by the FED). The new medical system imposed through legislative chicanery and misrepresentation was already highly unpopular though it was only beginning to reveal its major flaws.Nevertheless, one factor that was considered highly influential in the Obama’s re-election in 2012, was a media-heralded belief that Obama was a strong wartime president who was bringing the anti-terrorist battle to successful conclusion. Biden crowed that the “Victory in Iraq was a major accomplishment.” Obama exulted that Al Qaida was destroyed; that “bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive!”
However, Mark Moyar, and other astute observers at the the time, were skeptical, and with a more detailed view, suspected that this illusion of success was maintained by careful misinterpretation of the facts, while the negative results throughout the entire world were assured by strategic failures, especially in critical follow-through, that undermined any hope of enduring freedom throughout the world. Semantic techniques were used such as eliminating the “terrorist” designation, referring to clear acts of Muslim Jihad as “workplace violence,” deliberate and prolonged description of the Benghazi incident as a “spontaneous demonstration” protesting an obscure youtube video, rather than a “major failure of foreign policy.”
This latter subterfuge may even have involved the deliberate delay of military response, betraying the victims and resulting in the murder of four Americans, including a highly effective ambassador. Unfortunately, some key State Department documentation about this was destroyed. We shouldn’t depend on Ms. Clinton to correct any of the problems.
The most effective Generals were removed from action in Iraq and Afghanistan, possibly through deliberate treachery, so the administration could pursue, unimpeded by military guidance, a feckless fairytale of “winning hearts and minds” through a “light footprint,” surgical strike approach to combat barbaric fanatics. Obama’s announcements of military action were preceded by commitment to withdrawal dates. This had the unfortunate effect of discouraging any support or collaboration by the local populace. Fearing fierce retribution when the Americans left, those who had the most to offer-and the most to lose-were understandably reticent to to engage in a suicidal cooperation with the United States.
Dwight Eisenhower once passed out short pieces of string at a meeting. He asked the participants to control the movement of the string by pushing on the end. Then he urged them to move the string by grasping it from the front end of the desired direction. His lesson was that “leading from behind doesn’t work!”
Likewise, nominal allies were unlikely to commit to participation in actions that that were doomed to strategic failure. Obama’s “60 nation coalition” is a sham, a fragile facade. The problem with the appealing fairy tale about “surgical drone strikes” is that they have become increasingly ineffective and non-selective because the surgeon has no eyes on the ground to pinpoint the targets.
In the introduction, Dr. Moyar describes his purpose in writing this book: to disabuse the confused electorate about the illusion of effectiveness that was transparent well before the 2012 election. Dr. Moyer is not a casual observer, his experience and credentials are impressive. From his background and extensive research, he has produced a book that not only carefully documents the worldwide deterioration, but fills in a lot of gaps in our understanding of what has happened, is happening and what will follow if it is not possible to recover from the abdication of American leadership in the World.
Since then, elation over the administration’s prowess in protecting the world has soured –marred by the realities of the collapse of Iraq, brutal subjugation of large areas in the middle East and Africa by ISIS, slaughtering all resistance, killing the unwilling in the effort to establish a new world Caliphate. This book is important to read and study. Whatever your inclinations are about this now, I urge you to buy and study a copy of “Strategic Failure.” I learned –and am still learning–a lot from this book. For example, I didn’t realize how much Biden’s bumbling “expertise in foreign affairs” influenced our strategic failures.
The most recent escapade, an agreement of capitulation in Iran, betrays Israel and our Arab allies, assures that Iran can proceed with its nuclear aspirations and reinforces the conclusion from history. Soon Iran will have something to use on the tip of those ICBMs–“it probably ain’t daisies.”
Israel may be forced to take up our abdicated leadership in self defense. Then Israel may be set up as “the bad guy” in the United Nations.
Is it beyond hope that the legislature impede this betrayal?
The title, “Strategic Failure” is an excellent choice to summarize the process used to achieve a “fundamental transformation” of the United States of America.
They say, of computer programs that produce a bad outcome, “Every program does exactly what it was designed to do.”
Ms. Clinton put in a homier way, commenting on the “vast right wing conspiracy” that was mobilized to embarrass her errant partner:
“In Arkansas, we have an old saying, “You find a turtle on a fence post, it did not get there on its own.”
Things that sound good but turn out bad should cause you to be skeptical about the intentions of the perpetrators. In this case, one might suspect the processes were designed to fail. For political reasons. in strategic ways.