They are trying to use sophisticated propaganda techniques to create a political crisis that will shoot down the use of airpower

Using bad PR is Taliban’s defense against airpower

. . . the Taliban hope to inflict a series of mini-“Dien Bien Phu” defeats to erode public support. While the Taliban cannot yet launch the kind of large-scale assault the Viet Minh did against the French in 1954, they can exploit Afghanistan’s unforgiving environment. In fact, they already have tried to take advantage of the mountainous terrain to seize isolated outposts before help could arrive.

The Taliban are keenly aware that if they can cause enough casualties or, ideally, take American or NATO prisoners as they swarm over the often sparsely manned positions, they will achieve a tremendous victory on the battlefield of public opinion.

What is frustrating them? Modern U.S. and coalition airpower. Relentless aerial surveillance and highly precise bombing turn Taliban efforts to overrun the detachments into crushing defeats. And the Taliban have virtually no weapons to stop our planes.

Instead, they are trying to use sophisticated propaganda techniques to create a political crisis that will shoot down the use of airpower as effectively as any anti-aircraft gun.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Defense is over there apologizing. 

Never apologize. It’s a sign of weakness.

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3 responses to “They are trying to use sophisticated propaganda techniques to create a political crisis that will shoot down the use of airpower

  1. suek

    Think you’ll get a kick out of this one, if you haven’t seen it already…

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2008/09/patriot-micro-chip-breakthrough.html

  2. Copper-jacketed lead be-nice pills for jihadis.

  3. suek

    Heh…new version of “chill pills”…!

    I have a question for the devious thinkers among us…

    We all know that China is holding a lot of US debt (T notes?). I read somewhere that Russia is as well. Assuming this is true – and I don’t know that it is or is not – how would that affect future conflict possibility? In an economic war, they could demand payment…if it wasn’t available, what happens? If either declared war, is the debt considered null? Would loss of the debt funds deter conflict?

    Given the present financial situation…I just got thinking about this and it made me wonder…!