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Notes from Endgame:The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror by McInerney and Vallely

While killing time on Monday, I went through most of the book Endgame:The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror by McInerney and Vallely. The book was fairly thin and I got through it pretty quick (that may have also been do to the Iced Cafe Americano I was drinking).

The book makes no mention of, nor does it acknowledge anything like 4GW. All of the commentary on US Forces is 3GW related. I didn’t really find that part of the book interesting or useful. The suggestion that the Army Reserves and National Guard should be heavy forces (and not what I think: Military police, engineers, civil affairs, intel/counterintel, and logistics) is just one example.

It did find several of the non-armed forces ideas interesting:

  • A new Five Freedoms as a global statement of values
  • reform of US Diplomatic efforts
  • Allow rapid appointment of vacant house seat in case of national emergency
  • Method for emergency succession of federal judges to Supreme Court vacancies in case of national emergency
  • Disperse Federal Agencies geographically across the US
  • Lay out specifically the rules and powers for Executive Branch to avoid confusion (and Lawfare opportunities, I think)
  • Special Terrorism Courts

I like the idea of Global Values/Aspiration statement like FDR’s 4 Freedoms (of speech, from fear, from wants, of religion). The authors suggest the following Five Freedoms:

  1. Freedom of Education
  2. Freedom of Economy
  3. Freedom of Information
  4. Freedom of Person
  5. Freedom of Governance

This was the strongest idea in the book. I have been mulling over the need of the west and it allies and potential allies to have shared core values that they can rally around. FDR’s Four Freedom just didn’t seem to be quite right and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is too lengthy to memorize. The authors Five Freedoms are short, get to the point, don’t exclude allies and potential allies and work well as a meme. Future Purpleslog will return to this idea in future posts.

The other part of the book I liked was a the short section on Special Terrorist Courts (an idea I have blogged on before). Here are the highlights:

  • create special federal terrorist courts
  • Three judge panel that presides over the trial and acts as the jury
  • Special rules of procedure to protect witnesses and intelligence
  • provides security for judges and prosecutors
  • Another panel of judges picks the defense attorney(s) from a vetted pool (I am thinking a sort of Special Terrorism Courts Bar)

Lastly, the book had a section on dealing with Iran. Here is the stated plan:

  1. Get a US Nuclear deterrence and shield in place – Regional Nuclear Umbrella
  2. Train a Free Iran Guerrilla Force
  3. Unleash US Air-power
  4. Coastal Navel/Marine Raids
  5. Raids from Iraq along the boarder
  6. Call on Iranian Citizens to rise up in rebellion

It sounded like a Persian Bay of Pigs plan to me.

It thought is was strange that the military specific parts of a book written by military guys were the weakest.

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