M1A1TrkTrror commented on an earlier post about the Free Syrian Army
Everything I’ve seen from the Syrian army shows they don’t know how to tank at all. A lone tank sitting buttoned up and exposed isn’t something I put past them.
And quite often, that’s the case.
There’s a fairly eclectic mix of Russian and Chinese Anti-tank Guided Missiles. And I’ll not that in spite of much Alan Snackbar going on, several seem to have not been catastrophic kills.
Tomorrow I’ll link a long video, from the FSA, that actually shows the Syrian Army tanking pretty well.
I mostly know retired Major General Scales as the author of the official US Army history of Desert Storm. He’s also written several opinion pieces and essays. I tend to respect his opinion.
So when CDR Salamander links to his thoughts on a possible US intervention in Syria, I pay attention.
They are tired of wannabe soldiers who remain enamored of the lure of bloodless machine warfare. “Look,” one told me, “if you want to end this decisively, send in the troops and let them defeat the Syrian army. If the nation doesn’t think Syria is worth serious commitment, then leave them alone.”
They are embarrassed to be associated with the amateurism of the Obama administration’s attempts to craft a plan that makes strategic sense. None of the White House staff has any experience in war or understands it. So far, at least, this path to war violates every principle of war, including the element of surprise, achieving mass and having a clearly defined and obtainable objective.
Over the past few days, the opinions of officers confiding in me have changed to some degree. Resignation seems to be creeping into their sense of outrage. One officer told me: “To hell with them. If this guy wants this war, then let him have it. Looks like no one will get hurt anyway.”
If the services are ordered to strike, they’ll do the best they can.
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URR has railed again and again about the spinelessness of GEN Dempsey. For him to say in front of Congress that he has no idea of what any possible US strategic objective is in Syria is a deliberate statement that the White House is clueless. I can assure you, it was no slip of the tongue, or off the cuff statement. After being a toady for the current administration’s policies for so long, one can only assume it is a sign of extraordinary frustration with the puerile thinking of the national security “leadership” in the Obama White House.