Monthly Archives: June 2010

Who’s Up for a Seminar?

Gerald at the Internet Anthropologist Think Tank is thinking about putting together a seminar.

Paradigm Intel, OSINT and Bot surveillance units.

How to run a one man Intel agency and cover the globe.

Click the link for details.

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Psychological warfare, PSYOPS, its role during war and its current use in America (via A Charging Elephant)

I’m just a self-tutored, undocumented, half-vast amateur PSYOPer on the internet blogging in my pajamas, but I don’t expect to transition into a self-tutored, undocumented, half-vast amateur MISO’er. You might think Regulars in that line of work would choose their terms and acronyms with an eye towards perception management.

MISO horny!

MISO FUBAR!

Psychological warfare, PSYOPS, its role during war and its current use in America by Jim Campbell The staple activity of PSYOPS during combat operations is leaflet drops. The military views this as a function of psychological operations, although the tactics are relatively rudimentary and straightforward and not what the general public assumes to be PSYOPS, ala the Manchurian Candidate. Gen. Tommy Franks estimated that 28 million leaflets were dropped over Iraq. Hundreds of different leaflets were used, often custom-tailored a … Read More

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Peaceful Georgia neighborhood requires around the clock police patrols after mosque expansion denied (via Creeping Sharia)

Lilburn is too close to my stomping grounds for comfort.
Too many good people packing heat for jihad in these parts.

An update on the Lilburn mosque – a replica of a shrine to a Muslim holy warrior in Iraq (where more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed). When expansion plans were denied, the harassment of infidels began, the legal jihad kicked in, and apparently the Islamic intimidation has continued. ROPMA. Lilburn’s Hood Road carries new Gwinnett into old Gwinnett. The mile of asphalt begins with a mosque at U.S. 29 and turns into a byway of houses, tr … Read More

via Creeping Sharia

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Pogues in DC are going to have to STFU and let the professionals get to it.

If Petraeus must step down from global, strategic, Combatant Commander to assume operational command of ISAF and USFORA and Operation Enduring Freedom, that’s a demotion, unless the new COMCENTCOM works for Petraeus instead of the other way around.

Unity of command means that all the forces are under one responsible commander. It requires a single commander with the requisite authority to direct all forces in pursuit of a unified purpose.

Petraeus can only succeed if he is given carte blanche to do what needs doing, change what needs changing, bribe who needs bribing, kill who needs killing and win over or neutralize the rest. The C-in-C may have promised him that. We shall see.

General Mattis would make an outstanding CENTCOM, but SECDEF passed him over for Commandant of the Marine Corps. Does Gates not like Mattis, or was he saving Mattis for this?

Pogues in DC are going to have to STFU and let the professionals get to it.

Most of the strap hangers on the big box FOBs will have to be reassigned to Combat Out Posts and Joint Security Stations.

ANA kandaks must be task organized and cross-attached and integrated into [U. S.] Regimental/Brigade Combat Teams.

District and village defense forces must be recruited, trained and integrated into provincial defence commands.

Force Protection must be reined in and risk must be accepted. Can’t go everywhere in four MRAP convoys with a minimum of 16 shooters in full battle rattle and sunglasses.

Petraeus as COMISAF will have to nail down exactly what the non-US contingents can be held responsible for, then hold their feet to the fire to do what they signed up for. The fewer caveated, salsa-dancing consumers of Cl I on the head count, the more bullets and go-juice we can move.

He’ll need to institute spartan Command Supply Discipline even more austere than McChystal. Fewer lobster nights at the DFAC, more barbequed goat. Adios Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, Popeye’s, Cinnabun, Tim Horton’s, and, yes, even Green Beans Coffee. That will suck, but there’s a war on.

He’ll have to bring all the contractors under control, bust a few COR’s to encourage the rest, send some non-performing expats home and put the fear of God (or Allah, as applicable) into all of them. Then he’ll need to defend the clean contractors from the critics.

Afghanize the war. Round up Afghan truck drivers, draft them into the ANA Transportation Corps and put the convoys under military discipline and escort. Afghan TC KATUSA’s.

Pashto ain’t Arabic. Americans can pick it up fairly quickly with some effort. That effort must be made. A quasi-fluent Pashto-speaker for every company-sized element.

Control the message, control the media, beat the Taliban and their enablers in the infowar.

From Last Chance Saloon, comments #57 & #96:

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Militia = Nazi – Old and Moldy Propaganda

The Reno, NV Gazette-Journal has a website upon which they posted yesterday, Citizen militia wants to protect the U.S. from smugglers and drug runners (watch video report) which if you read the accompanying text is a fairly straightforward regurgitation of a story from last April about Arizona’s Cochise County Militia, then the text encourages the reader to watch a video which has nothing to do with Cochise County, or Bill Davis, but does have a fat Nazi in ACU’s that KPNX NBC Channel 12 in Phoenix AZ wants to make the face of Civilian Irregular Border Protection Auxiliaries.

This is conflation.

It works.

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Daykundi Jezailchis to the Rescue

Afghan civilians fight off Taliban in Daykundi province – again

The 10 ANP manning the checkpoint in Kajran came under heavy small-arms and 82mm rocket fire just after noon and called for support. Approximately 250 residents gathered with personal AK-47s and, along with ANP reinforcements and ISAF aircraft, forced the Taliban to retreat.

Afghan Civilians Help Police Repel Taliban Attack

About 250 civilians gathered with personal assault rifles and, along with police reinforcements and International Security Assistance Force aircraft, forced the Taliban fighters to retreat.

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NATIONAL System of Public Lands

The Federal Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management put up this sign somewhere south of Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America, to cover their ass because the Federal Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex component ain’t gettin’ ‘er done.

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;

See Signs of Border Trouble in Arizona and Nogales or Somalia?

UPDATE 06162010: Uptick in Violence Forces Closing of Parkland Along Mexico Border to Americans

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If A Job’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Right

Tried to post this as a comment over at Free Range International but experienced technical difficulties, so I emailed it to Tim and Cannonette was reading over my shoulder and told me to post it on my blog, so here it is:

The question the MSM should be asking, if they were capable of independent thought or even thinking clearly about the important issues of the day, is will Afghanistan become our longest war, and if so, why?

The MSM ask the questions they choose thinking clearly about one important issue of the day, which is how to survive and maintain their power as propagandists and arbiters of what the citizens are allowed to know and how the citizens should feel about what they are allowed to know.

Operation Enduring Freedom began on 7 October 2001, eight years and nine months ago, to destroy the Al Qaeda network inside Afghanistan along with the Taliban regime which refused President Bush’s demand to turn the plotters of 9/11 over to us. Most of what we went there to do was indeed accomplished, but Tora Bora went badly, bin Laden escaped, America was denied a satisfying, clear-cut revenge for 9/11, and we were sucked into an Information Operations briar patch. Both As-Sahab, the media arm of al Qaeda, and the American MSM, the media arm of the Democrats, planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to American audiences in order to influence our emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of our governments, organizations, groups, and individual citizens.

After Tora Bora, Afghanistan’s strategic criticality to America was recognized by many as marginal, but it was the only war we had at the time and manufacturing consent for limited land wars in Asia with limited objectives, limited resources, and limited return on investment was a perception management task the Bush Administration was not up to. Saddam’s misfortune was that we could logistically support major military operations against him, and we could convince a lot of people that Saddam had been asking for it for a long time, so we satisfied the blood lust of the American people with Saddam’s neck in a noose and relegated OEF to a side show for the Coalition of the Unwilling to Join Us In Iraq.

We haven’t been “in it to win it” almost since we got there and there is no good way to strategically communicate inconvenient truths like that.

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