Can’t Kill Enough to Win? Think Again

Those given the awful task of combat must be able to act with the necessary savagery and purposefulness to destroy those acting as, or in direct support of, Islamic terrorists worldwide. In 2008, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Admiral Michael Mullen said, “We can’t kill our way to victory.” Ever since, many have parroted his words. But what if Admiral Mullen was wrong? The United States has been at war with radical Islamists four times longer than it was with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II. And those previous enemies were far more competent and aggressive than the terrorists. It is time to kill a lot more of them.

Too many commanders and their “operational law” judge advocates have neutered U.S. military forces with far too restrictive rules of engagement and investigations. 1 One Army infantry battalion commander reported that during a 15-month command tour in Iraq, he had to endure 600 AR 15-6 investigations (equivalent to a Navy JAG manual investigation), most of which examined the use of force by his troops. When asked when he had time to command, he answered, “Exactly.”

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  • Ho Hum

    “The United States has been at war with radical Islamists four times longer than it was with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II.”

    This is a myth that is repeated over and over again. The fact is the United States has ALLIED with radical Islamists in places like Syria and Libya in an attempt to topple moderate leaders. They succeeded in Libya but not yet in Syria (thankfully) What about the invasion of Iraq? What did that have to do with “radical Islam”? Saddam Hussein may have been many things but a radical Islamist was not one of them. If the United States is “at war with radical Islam” why is it a close ally of Saudi Arabia – the BIGGEST sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism?

    • mauser 98

      “the US does not have enemies or allies..it has interests.. which change quickly”

      ..read it somewhere

    • canminuteman

      Look at how stupid and ill educated our current generation of “elites” are. I think this is part of the reason. When Britain was a colonial power it did a pretty good job of running most of the world with a handful of people. The world was a peaceful and prosperous as it has ever been during that time.

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  • vwVwwVwv

    The US naive and the US Marines have been established to fight Islamism
    ak Islam.