Dec 4, 2008 @ 10:17
I am not sure why I didn’t post it. I guess I didn’t feel like going to how to do a counter-terror/counter-4GW 5GW. I should come back to this idea.
All the complexity of counterterror operations comes down to three essential requirements: Superb intelligence, ruthless determination and tremendous patience.
Intelligence helps you find the enemies you need to kill; determination means you kill them – and patience means accepting that even a successful fight will take decades, if not generations.
Sounds right to me.
So, do we have “Superb intelligence”. I have no idea. It is at least “good” I would venture (and expect given the budget size).
Do we have “ruthless determination”? I don’t think – at least much of the political class doesn’t (or most the US population).
Lastly, Does the US have “tremendous patience”. I would say no, for sure no way. The US did not have the patience in the Cold War. It took a 5GW to set much of the US cold war response on automatic.
I guess we need a Long War 5GW.