We are at war

We are at war. This is not controversial. The Caliphate has formally declared it, and has claimed responsibility for the Orlando massacre, which was an act of war against the people of the United States.

President Barrack Hussein Obama does not accept that, nor does his former Secretary of State whom he has endorsed to assume the Presidency and carry on his regime. Their refusal to accept the state of war does not mean we are at peace. It does mean we have no war strategy.

That’s one war.

There is a second war, not quite so formal, but just as deadly, and it overlaps with the declared war. It is the worldwide war of Islam – not radical Islam, but Islam – against the homosexual community. Under Sharia Law homosexuals can be, and are, sentenced to death for homosexual acts. This is practiced by the ISIS – the Caliphate – in varying ways, including throwing gays off high buildings. Other Muslim countries employ other methods, the most usual being the traditional method of execution by the sword. Iran has chosen public hangings. This becomes war against the United States when they attack our citizens, at home or abroad.

Beyond that narrower war, there is yet another: the Koran proclaims perpetual war against infidels until they submit; until the world becomes one house, the house of submission; the House of Islam. There can be no other end to that war, although the Koran does allow truce; but truce is only truce. It cannot be peace.

The war against the Caliphate is the easier of of our two wars. It requires two sets of action.

One is domestic: we must defend our citizens. Since there is no defined field of battle – attacks can take place in nightclubs, county recreation centers, marathon races, and nearly anywhere citizens, gay or straight, assemble – we will need far more citizens in arms. That means civil defense programs. The need is acute, and I have proposed one action that can be taken quickly: require all the serving combat arms officers in the United States armed forces to BE armed, not just on duty, but at all times. When in uniform they should wear side arms, on and off post, as the British officers wore their Webleys with Sam Browne belts (given the sheer weight of a Webley the shoulder straps was needed). When not in uniform, they may carry a concealed weapon.

This alone would put tens of thousands of trained and responsible citizens in arms in many likely places of attack. It would complicate terrorist battle plans, reduce their frequency, and reduce their effectiveness. There would need to be rules of engagement, but we can argue those after we put armed men onto the battlefields of this war against America; but wee need the protection of the Army, and now.

That is defense, and cannot be decisive. We must also have an offense. The action required is a more conventional military operation: massive action against all Caliphate territories, so that it is a state no more. Reduce it to terrorists hiding in caves and spider holes. The way to do this is with overwhelming force. Give Libya to the Navy, and let the Admirals plan the air, sea, and Marine operations to recover all ISIL territories. Occupation of recovered ground is an international problem; it is unlikely that Secretary Kerry is sufficiently skilled to bring this off, and Hillary has already proven that it is beyond her abilities, but there is a good chance that someone more skilled could induce the Europeans and Britain to come up with a European force to do so. They have a large stake in restoring Libya to the community of nations; and after all, there is oil there. Surely some deal can be formed.

We will require at least three divisions, one of heavy armor, on the Iraq/Syria front. In addition, we will need all the A-10 close support aircraft, and sufficient other Air Force resources to destroy Caliphate air defenses, mostly missiles. A-10’s are the wrong instrument for that operation.

The actual conquest is our task, and like Iraq and Syria, will require a lot of military resources, but we have most of what we need. The important point is that it cannot be done gradually. It requires overwhelming force.

The more difficult war is with Islam itself. There are two phases to this as well. A good part of the first will have been accomplished when the Caliphate vanishes. Once they have no state, the resources for Islamic Jihad are greatly diminished, and it will be much more difficult to plan operations against the American homeland. They will have fewer recruits when it is clear that they do not have the favor of Allah. Once the Caliphate is destroyed we will need to distribute the former Caliphate territories; that will require negotiation skills that it is clear that neither Barrack Obama, nor Kerry, nor yet Hillary possess, lest we find ourselves entrapped in the Mesopotamian sand pits.

It is war, not law enforcement, that we need now. When the nation itself becomes the battlefield, armed citizens are the best defense of the land.
Jerry Pournelle

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