My War-ish Reading List

Inspired by others, here is my War-ish reading list:

Two Classics:

The Art of War by Sun-Tzu

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

General Purpose-ish

The American Threat: National Security and Foreign Policy By James L Payne

The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century by Bruce D. Berkowitz

How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War – from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror by Bevin Alexander

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization by John Robb

The Pentagon’s New Map Thomas P.M. Barnett

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P. W. Singer

Maneuver Warfare / 3GW

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (A short intro to Maneuver Warfare – aka 3GW – thinking embedded in a fun to read Science Fiction novel)


War Nerd by Gary Brecher (This is a  book mostly about 4GW by an insightful asshole)

The Principles of War for the Information Age by Robert Leonhard

Utility of Force by Rupert Smith

The Sling and the Stone by  Thomas X. Hammes

Moving toward some 5GW thinking

Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui ( Forget the dumb criticism that this is anti-US book. This book broadens ones mind as to what conflict can be, is leads in to a key idea of 4GW and 5GW, that is the  Weaponization of things not thought to be Weapons)

An Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds (The emergence of Strategic Citizens)

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Brafman and Beckstrom

Strategic Denial and Deception: The Twenty-First Century Challenge edited by Roy Godson and James Wirtz

World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World by Christopher Andrew

The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy


The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence by Roy Godson

The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism by Hernando De Soto

The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny

RIH BIn Laden!

His future awaits…

…so who is up next on the list?

“The most important country to the United States is…” and a bit more (strategy and energy)

I started writing this as a comment on a post at Coming Anarchy, but it is a bit too long for that.


So in answer to their question…not really an answer but a steam of thoughts…


The USA long peaceful border with Canada makes it an important relationship. They are a no problem neighbor.

The USA should want the Mexico relationship to evolve into the same type  of thing. The relationship matters economically and because a failed Mexico impacts the security of the US. Even longer term, the US goal should be to integrate (peacefully and voluntarily) Mexico fully into the USA in the next 100 years.

The UK had been the most important USA overseas ally. The decline of the UK (and NATO), the rise of the EU, and the actions of the current US President have reduced that relationship. Our challenge with the EU is to both prop up Europe slowing/preventing it from turning in Eurabia, and to at the same time benefit from an exodus of smart/innovative/entrepreneurial/motivated Europeans (with their brains and capital) from pre-Eurabia Europe to the US.

India needs to be targeted as a future most important relationship – Economics/Security/Democracy – it all comes together for the USA with India. The US should also support India getting a permanent UN Security Council seat (good for Obama on this).

The USA relationship with China is important because of the economic interrelationship (for better or worse), China’s rise toward superpower status, and because the PRC leadership is clearly positioning China as the alternative/opponent/adversary of the US. China is essentially waging a 5GW against the US now. The US needs to step up to it or face it that US decline is coming sooner rather than later/never.

Russia matters because it has nukes, oil, and KGB/Active-Measure skills a plenty. Russia is not the USSR. Russia is in decline. The challenge here is to manage the relationship so that while declining, Russia doesn’t hatch any Black Swans. The US also wants to avoid the creation of Russia/Turkey/Iran Axis of Mischief.

Iran matters to the US because they have oil, can effect access to lots of oil, will have nukes soon, has revolutionary Islamic expansionary activities, and has leadership that seems hell-bent on future war with the US. The US goal here must be regime change – hopefully without massive Iranian population/infrastructure destruction. One way or another, this is going to get ugly since most of the non-ugly options have been disregarded/ignored by the US ostrich strategy.

Japan matters to US right now because it is distinct (not Europe, not China, not Muslim) and for its partner potential. The US should support Japan’s JDF expanding and getting expeditionary (lots of US officers and SNCO’s should be detailed to the JDF). We should support this capital rich nation getting involved with financing/engineering stuff in Eastern Russia and Africa. The US should encourage Japan and India to become better friends. and to inter-operate.

Saudi Arabia only matters because of oil, and because (along with Egypt and Pakistan) it is at the heart of the 4GW Islamofascist War by Al-Qada et all against the US/West and of the Muslim Brotherhood/Salafist et all 5GW against the US and the West.

As for the nations that matter in a big way because of Oil (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Venezuela), the US should have as a major strategic goal that of breaking the world’s dependence upon oil for energy. The way to do that is:

1) Adopt something like Zubrin’s Flex-Fuel requirement for all new vehicles sold in the US (which means it would be adopted everywhere);

2) Easing/promoting/financing next-generation nuke and min-nuke power in the US and abroad (the US should want to be a world leader in this);

3) Adopting/promoting/financing Municipal Plasma Furnaces to generate electricity efficiently from trash in the US and abroad (the US should want to be a world leader in this);

4) Updating the US power grid into a network of smart grids and financing/deploying/promoting this around the world (the US should want to be a world leader in this);

5) The US should be making a major push for Orbital Solar Power systems and the related technology and processes. The US must be the world leader in this;

Note I am not calling for so-called hippy-friendly green energy (e.g earth-based solar, wind, etc, hemp/organic burning). Hippies can have an upside, just not on energy. There just isn’t potential enough of that at a reasonable costs to be the answer. Also, conservation isn’t the answer. I want more energy usage not less. I also want a future where Africans and Chinese, and Indians and everybody can have AC, bright lights in every corner of their homes and all of that. The happy future I want has more energy in total and more energy per capita, not less.


I want the Science Fiction Future of my youth.


What the 5th Generational Warfare Institute calls 5GW…is actually 4GW

What the 5th Generational Warfare Institute defines as 5GW this way…

The 5GW Educational Institute® offers the following definition for debate:  5GW is an extension of Asymmetrical and Insurgent Warfare, whereby the enemy uses all means – both conventional and unconventional military tactics and weapons; includes political, religious and social causes; incorporates 21st century Global strategic information operations campaigns (internet and 24 hours news cycle); can be conducted by organized or unorganized groups; may be nation state led or non-nation state led – to disrupt and defeat superior opponents in order to achieve their will.

…is actually still 4GW.

I understand the confusion. 5GW thinking is still developing.

The core problem is that 4GW itself is not well defined – it is more then just and advanced insurgency. Along time ago I blogged this

Why cannot there be offensive and defensive forms of 4GW?

If a non-state actor 4GW force moves among a target state actor’s peoples and uses it institutions, systems and media against the target state actor, why wouldn’t a state-actor change it defensive processes and systems to reflect this as part of being 4GW-aware? Why wouldn’t a state actor decentralize certain functions, change its rule-sets to be able to fight lawfare against the 4GW non-state actor, etc?

…and this:

It is possible that those thinking about 4GW concentrate too much on 4GW as Guerrilla War X Other Stuff extrapolations. 4GW is still evolving and more variants will emerge. Looking at other proto-4GW movements, or other possible precursors will give us all a better idea of the direction 4GW and conflict in general will go.

What can 4GW theorist learn from organized crime like the Sicilian Mafia (and the godfather movies)?

How about the Right-wing/Neo-Fascists/Survivalist groups in America which seem to have peaked in the 1980s? Can anything be learned from how the KKK organized and operated in the 1900’s?

How about PETA?

How about the 100-year suffragettes movement?

Or the Prohibition movement. How the heck was that ever passed in the first place?

What can they learn from the Indian National movement (of which Ghandi’s peaceful resistance was only one part) or the American Civil Rights Movement (1900-1970)?

Can we learn from the IRA? Can we learn from the British response to the IRA?

My thinking went this way:

I have been thinking that 4GW is still being worked out the full range of possibilities is still being worked out. It is too focused on advanced/evolved guerrilla warfare. In 4GW, soft power is used to avoid the industrial might and firepower of 2GW and 3GW opponents. Also, a 4GW operation will use either hard power or soft power to fix an opponent, and the other to strike. In my draft notes, I shorthand 4GW as Full Spectrum Warfare. I know Nye breake out Hard, Economic, and soft power, but I just break it out as hardpower and softpower (including PNM Theory style sysadmin activities). [Spelling/Grammar Corrected]

It is a small step to see hard vs soft power along the lines of kinetic vs non-kinetic/dispersed-kinetics.

There are some core books IMO that can lead to understanding of 4GW (they can be read in any order – except read War Nerd last):

The Utility of Force by Rupert Smith (see also this)

Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang (see also PDF version, this, this, this, this, and this)

The Sling and the Stone by Hammes (see also this, this and this)

The New Face of War by Bruce D. Berkowitz

Positioning:The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout (see also this)

The Principles of War for the Information Age by Robert Leonhard

War Nerd by Gary Brecher (see also this)

So, how is 4GW defined?

Well this post is getting longer then I attended.

Next up will be defining 4GW.

Capturing My Thoughts: Influence Warfare and Afganistan – Have we lost?

Here was my comment at Zenpundit (spelling corrected):

This is a mess thought. I suspect the USGOV is now looking at how to declare a “mission complete” and just get out. I don’t think the political leadership class of the US has the will to see this through or to have done what need to be done to win this. They want no errors, no causalities no upset press folks. I suspect deep down, most of Obama’s National Security team does really want the US to have a victory (the US is the bad guy and needs to lose).

Re-reading the RS article…have the Taliban really convinced the Afghanis that the 9/11 attacks were really an attempt to counter an upcoming US invasion? If so…then the Afghanis will see the US as the invader and the Taliban/al-Qaeda types as the scrappy underdogs fighting back against the superpower like the ant-Soviet forces. That means the Afghani people want the US to lose (along of course with the anti-west leftist elements in the West). The US has lost the influence war once again. I don’t see how that loss can reversed. We had the moral high ground. We blew it. They beat us at it.

If the influence war has been lost, then the 4GW/COIN has been lost (there is no chance that US will bring over whelming firepower/3gw/hama-style-4GW to bear to achieve victory for the US political class doesn’t have the will for that for the most part

It is the Taliban/Al-Qada who are now just waiting for the US to realize it and leave. Victory is in their  grasp. They just need to strategically wait us out and keep up some pressure while avoiding any major destruction events.

This sucks for the US. This is a good day for the bad guys.

Iranian People – Freedom Step by Step

Found via Twitter –

The people will have to get freedom for themselves by themselves. They must wear out the tyrants. They must endure tragedy and atrocity. They can bring over the fence-sitters by morally defeating the fascists, showing grace and persistence with cleverness, shaming-and-embracing the fence sitters This won’t be easy but they can do it. Freedom lovers around the world are with them, but the hard work is on these future free Iranians. They have started to free their minds and a free future can follow.

Free Iran?

Good luck to them. I wish them success.

(Russian) Cyber Militia example

At Danger Room:

A pro-Kremlin youth group has taken responsibility for the network attacks. And that group has a track record of conducting operations on Moscow’s behalf.

Nashi (“Ours”) is the “largest of a handful of youth movements created by Mr. Putin’s Kremlin to fight for the hearts and minds of Russia’s young people in schools, on the airwaves and, if necessary, on the streets,” according to the New York Times.

Yesterday, one of the group’s “commissars,” Konstantin Goloskokov (pictured), told the Financial Times that he and some associates had launched the strikes.

Here is  the thing: if I joined a similar pro-US or pro-Western Cyber Militia and participated in an action, I would expect to be litigated to the poorhouse. Lawfare (at least the threat of it) kills a US Based Cyber Militia.

“Weaponize Western Culture”

I liked the turn of phrase “Weaponize western culture” that I heard earlier this morning on the 1/26/2008 Covert Radio Podcast. The context (from the accompanying blog entry) was Influence Warfare:

Best stories of the day–Taliban talk radio–used to intimidate and mark for death their enemies…can we not jam it? Can we not counter program  it?? Hello?? Does anyone in the CIA or the DIA or whomever have a clue? Its time to jam the Taliban airwaves with ads for porn and liquor…let’s win the war, the old fashioned way…dirty!

The “Weaponize Western Culture” idea is 4GWish and very 5GWish.

The USA needs a pretty darn good Influence Warfare capability.

“Jaish-e-Mohammed leader placed under house arrest”…

…so it is reported in Long War Journal.

Given that it is the ISI that has him under “arrest” and that he is in his own home, I assume his house arrest is similar to when I am under “arrest” by a blizzard and choose to stay cozy in my home while watching TV and ordering takeout.

What the ISI is really doing here is protecting him from the Indians (in the form of an air raid or direct action) by faking arrest (again) and by putting up a 4GW PR wall for the uninformed.

Update: minor grammar changes

The faces of the enemy

How a Successful US/Iraq 4GW Ends: “Sadr fades into irrelevance”

Hot Air notes:

We couldn’t (or wouldn’t) kill him when he tried to go to war against our military, but Moqtada al-Sadr has all but managed to commit political suicide.  At one time, Sadr commanded tens of thousands of militia members and played kingmaker in national politics.  Now the movement has all but faded as Sadr marginalized himself through a monumental political miscalculation last year…
Araji can preach the Sadrist fantasy all he wants.  The Mahdis are a spent force, compromised by Sadr’s flight to Iran and his hiding behind the skirts of the mullahcracy.  They no longer have the power to affect the unity of Iraq, either militarily or politically.

And so he ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. Not as a martyr, but as a footnote. The is the way to take out a 4GW opponent. Congrats to the good guys.

Terrorist Attack on India – Notes

I don’t want anybody to think I am not interest becuase  I didn’t blog on. I just didn’t have anything to add. I watched coverage on Fox, streaming coverage from an Indian New Network (via Fox) and blog coverage (especially Shlok and also Zen’s roundup).

Some notes/thoughts

1) How good does a policy of treating terrorism mostly as a local criminal matter look now? Not too good, I think.

2) The war against Islamofascism is going

3) How does a city of millions not have a Police SWAT Team?

4) India needs a better domestic security system.

5) The bad guys adapt, learn and innovate. No doubts they are studying the good/bad/ugly of this operation…

6) …so the US will need a better domestic security system

7) This is an opportunity for the US and India to grow closer. The US should work with India and building/training-up their anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism forces and systems. We needs a strong/close/friendly/secure India

8 )  Can the US Navy and NATO finally start killing Pirates now? I know the US Navy longs to defeat the Jap Navy again on the high seas or perhaps’s Ming‘s Sea Squadrons, but the littorals are in play right now.

9)  Oh, and anybody who think the Islamic terrorist threat has passed because Obama has been elected, is an idiot.

Death To Pirates (The Economics of Piracy)

It should be simple.

Death to Pirates.

You find them, you kill them. You blow they vessels out of the water or strafe them with .50 caliber machine guns and/or 40mm grenade fire. You set their shore facilities ablaze. You release the video of their destruction on YouTube in two version: straight destruction version, and a mocking-commentary-with-funny-music version (think Mystery Science theater or American Pro Football commentary with music alternating between American rock ‘n’ roll that Benny Hill music). If their activity increases you use USGOV (and friendly allies) Air and Navy power to patrol and seek out the Pirates. You put Marines and Seals and armed Coasties and private security forces on commercial vessels to provide discreet security and lay counter ambushes. You use UAVs and Airships for surveillance. You buy up some old dredge ships and send them in as bait filled with Coasties, Marines, and Seals. Armed UAV should being fire missiles at their vessels. You use a couple of small diesel submarine firing cost-effective (small blast) guided torpedoes to take them out and to shadow friendly shipping. Nobody who matters cares when Pirates are killed. Mock and ignore anybody who does. Heck practice some anti-pirate lawfare: sue the supporters and appeasers of pirates and seize their assets in the financial system. Drop leaflets over pirate friendly neighborhoods mocking the pirates and listing the current kill totals.

The aim is to reduce the current profit and the expected future profit of being a pirate –  both Economic and Social. The goal is to stop piracy.

It really is simple.

The Royal Navy and Marines just killed two pirates and stopped a piracy attempt. Good on them. More please. And release the video.

Death to Pirates.

Pirates: Your fate awaits (if the core has the balls)

The Weatherman: “they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers…”

Read about it here at Dr. Sanity.

Some “fun” parts:

Most of the people that had no prior experience, let’s say the average Weatherman, if there is such a thing, they were sent to Cuba for training in Cuba.
Grathwohl: I brought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government. You know, we become responsible for administrating, you know, 250 million people. And there was no answer. No one had given any thought to economics. How are you going to clothe and feed these people? The only thing that I could get was that they expected that the Cubans, the North Vietnamese, the Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States. They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education in the Southwest where we would take all of the people who needed to be re‑educated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be. I asked, “Well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t re‑educate, that are die-hard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated and when I pursued this further, they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill 25 million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of whom have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well-known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.

Ayres and his ilk haven’t given up on a Communist takeover of the USA. They have just switched from a Guerrilla/4GW approach to an Institutional/Infiltration (5GW) approach.

For the election 2008, the questions are: Is Obama an active 5GWer, just a 5GW Prawn, or its this all coincidental?

Interesting Policing Idea (with COIN implications): “The interesting twist is that the authorities are asking the courts to seize the IP of the biker club — specifically, their trademarked name “Mongols”

Found on SlashDot:

…a Federal raid on a California-based motorcycle club, the Mongols, on charges “ranging from murder and robbery to extortion, money laundering, gun trafficking and drug dealing.” The interesting twist is that the authorities are asking the courts to seize the IP of the biker club — specifically, their trademarked name “Mongols.” “Federal agents and police in seven states arrested more than 60 members of the Mongols motorcycle gang on Tuesday in a sweep that also targeted for the first time an outlaw group’s ‘intellectual property,’ prosecutors said. The arrests cap a three-year undercover investigation in which US agents posed as gang members and their girlfriends to infiltrate the group, even submitting to polygraph tests administered by the bikers … [T]he name ‘Mongols,’ which appears on the gang’s arm patch insignia, was trademarked by the group. The indictment seeks a court order outlawing further use of the name, which would allow any police officer ‘who sees a Mongol wearing this patch … to stop that gang member and literally take the jacket right off his back‘ …”

This is an interesting twist on getting Lawfare-y for Domestic COIN/4GW.

“NATO mulls expanded counter-narcotics role in bid to stem growing Afghan violence”


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States on Thursday pushed NATO allies to order their troops to target Afghanistan’s thriving heroin trade in a bid to stem the flow of drug money to the widening insurgency against the troubled international military mission.

A two-day meeting of NATO defense ministers comes amid an increase in violence that has created doubts about whether Western forces can win the war against the resurgent Taliban militants.

“If we have the opportunity to go after drug lords and drug laboratories and try and interrupt this flow of cash to the Taliban, that seems to me like a legitimate security endeavor,” said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the meeting. [AP Link]

The Afgan war is not a Counter-Narcotics war. The focus is on Al-Quada and their supporters (Taliban mostly).

The poppy business is on both sides.

US/NATO must focus on the goal: Defeating/Destroy/Degrading Al-Qada et al.

Taking on the Poppy farmers is a sure way to separate USA/NATO from the Afganistani people. That is not the way successful 4GW/COIN works.

The US Can’t depend upon the EuroCore

Georgia and Ukraine should be integrated into the EuroCore.

European States have other ideas:

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization won’t give Georgia and Ukraine a road map to membership at a meeting later this year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.
Mrs. Merkel’s rejection of a NATO track for Georgia and Ukraine, at a news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in St. Petersburg, would effectively act as a veto. The Western military alliance operates by consensus. [Link]

The result is predictable:

Meanwhile, Kiev took a step away from the West and closer to Moscow, as Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced gas deals with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and voiced support for Russian accession to the World Trade Organization. [link].

If the west doesn’t want to bring the Ukraine (and Georgia) into the EuroCore, they will go elsewhere.

This is a dumb move by the EuroCore (the latest in a long line). It is still in the European leaders blood to appease aggression and act on fear of any risk (higher oil/gas prices).

Putin’s Russia depends upon Europe buying oil/gas just as much as Europe depends upon Russia selling it. To avoide any risk though, the EuroCore is willing to signal to the Ukraine and Georgia that they are not really wanted in the “proper” Europe.

The Russian leadership is proving to be quite good at the influence warfare game. That is not surprising considering their shared background.

Well played Czar Putin, well played.

Interesting idea for an affordable 4GW oriented Air Force…


I would alter the approach off-hand it only a couple of ways:

1) Build  more new updated A-10 Warthogs
2) The Air Force should begin staffing up a  Warrant Officer UAV pilot corps

A-10 Warthog

“They need a Mexican Awakening where the people of mexico follow the model of Hidalgo from 1810 and take their country back”

So says Brent Winterable on this episode of covert radio referencing the past on the possible coming (4GW-ish) narco-driven civil war involving Mexico, the narco-gangs, and inevitably the United States.

I seem to have my very own anti-anti-islamofascist “CAIR” troll…

…in new commenter “subalternate” who is in the Baltimore/Beltway area in reaction to this post.

So is he an officer/employee of CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood member, or just a supporter? This seems to be his blog…and surprise….he is also into Cultural Marxism (Marxism and Islamo-fascism fit well together):

Who cares? He bores me now.

Remember fellow Americans, CAIR is the enemy within – a 4GW/5GW Fifth Column.

If you want to learn more about the activities of Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR, checkout these resources (add them to your RSS Reader):

Mapping Sharia –

CAIRwatch –

Anti-CAIR –

Other interesting links:

CAIR Identified by the FBI as part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee

Summary of Special Panel on Holy Land’s Ties to Hamas & Muslim Brotherhood

Government Reminds Court of CAIR/MAS Ties to Terrorists

Hey now I understand why he refrences Jihad Watch in a comment –> :

Toward the end of the interview Sandmonkey asks Habib an uncomfortable question about the Brotherhood’s relationship with the Council on American Islamic Relations, and you can practically see Habib squirm right on the printed page. “Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11,” he says.

Why is it a “sensitive subject”? Why is it “kind of problematic”? Partly because the Muslim Brotherhood is on record as wanting to do more, much more, in the United States than simply “spread a positive image of Islam along with its values, culture, history and teachings.” The Brotherhood is engaged, in its own words, in “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Is CAIR engaged in this effort? Is it trying to sabotage and destroy Western civilization so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions” here in the U.S.? Is it working in tandem with other Brotherhood entities to accomplish this?

And above all: why isn’t there a single reporter in the entire United States who will ask Ibrahim Hooper or Ahmed Rehab or Corey Saylor or anyone at CAIR these questions?

CAIR Terrorist Cookie Cutter

“CAIR called ‘turnstile’ for terrorist suspects ‘Proven record of senior officials being indicted, imprisoned, deported from U.S.'”

CAIR further claims that U.S. foreign policy is dictated largely by Zionist extremists. As Evan McCormick of the Center for Security Policy puts it: “By convincing moderate Muslims that they are being targeted unfairly by the Bush administration’s [anti-terror] policies, CAIR incites fear in members of that demographic. If innocent Muslims are then convinced that they will be the target of government action, then they have no incentive to reject an extremist ideology that resists the government’s anti-terror policies. … This is the essence of CAIR’s strategy: shock moderate Muslims about the motivations of the U.S. Government, turn them into post-[9/11] victims, and then recruit them as supporters for your political agenda when they are ripe for the taking.”

Along the same lines, a civil suit filed by the estate of 9/11 victim and former high-ranking FBI counter-terrorism agent John O’Neill, Sr. asserted that CAIR’s goal “is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.”

CAIR endorsed an October 22, 2002 “National Day of Protest” whose premise was: “Since September 11th thousands of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians have been rounded up, detained and disappeared. … Hard-won civil liberties and protections have been stripped away as part of the government’s ‘war on terrorism.’ The USA-PATRIOT Act brings in a new set of repressive laws and restrictions on people and grants even greater power to law enforcement agents of all kinds.” Moreover, this document explicitly defended the convicted murderers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier, as well as Lynne Stewart and Jose Padilla, who were convicted on terrorism-related charges — depicting all four as persecuted political prisoners of a repressive American government.

CAIR was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by C. Clark Kissinger’s radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document lamented that “the denial of any due process for Arab[s], Muslim[s], South Asians and others” bore “chilling similarities to a police state.”

In February 2003, CAIR joined the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Alliance, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council in forming a coalition to repeal and amend the Patriot Act — alleging that it violated the civil liberties of Americans, particularly Muslims. CAIR also endorsed the Civil Liberties Restoration Act of 2004, which was designed to roll back, in the name of protecting civil liberties, vital national-security policies that had been adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

CAIR promotes a radical Islamic vision, as evidenced by the fact that its co-founder Omar Ahmad told a Fremont, California audience in July 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” In a similar spirit, co-founder Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter in 1993: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” In 2003 Hooper stated that if Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, they will likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law. In the late 1980s, Ihsan Bagby, who would later become a CAIR Board member, stated that Muslims “can never be full citizens of this country,” referring to the United States, “because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”

CAIR: The Unindicted Co-conspirator

CAIR’s Amicus Brief and Due Dilligence :

But the amicus brief fails to address one of the underlying premises of the case, in my non-lawyerly opinion: that while those individuals on trial are directly charged with aiding the financing of terrorism, they are part of a much larger, Muslim Brotherhood-dominated structure of organizations with overlapping memberships, acknowledged front groups and specific tasks. A fundamental task of this structure, according to the exhibits filed by the prosecution, is to help Hamas, an acknowledged, organic part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Perhaps it is because if they defined their mission publicly as one of their leaders does privately in an assessment of the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, the doors to the Pentagon, White House, State Department, Justice Department etc. would not swing open in quite the same way. Here is the Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal of the Group in North America it is again, in case you missed it:

“The Ikhwan (Muslim Brothers) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

A little tough to spin in the PR machine, that one

“An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America by Mohamed Akram” :

*Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic state, wherever it is.

* In order for Islam and its Movement to become “a part of the homeland” in which it lives, “stable” in its land, “rooted” in the spirits and minds of its people, “enabled” in the live [sic] of its society and has firmly-established “organizations” on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain “the keys” and the tools of this process in carry [sic] out this grand mission as a “Civilization Jihadist” responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country.

* The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Proecess” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.

I think that is enough.

Update: I switched graphics at the bottom of the post.

CAIR is the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front

From Pajamasmedia:

SM: Is there a Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.?

Mohamed Habib: I would say yes. There are Muslim Brotherhood members there.

SM: Then what are they doing there?

Mohamed Habib: No, there are already existing institutions; there
are laws and a constitution that they operate under in order to have a
role in serving the American society. They are part of the American
society and they want to an active positive role in it, and a part of
that is to spread a positive image of Islam along with its values,
culture, history and teachings.

SM: This is naturally very important. Who represents you in the US?

Mohamed Habib: Well, there are there those who do represent us, who do that role.

SM: But it’s not CAIR, right? The Council for American Islamic
Relations? Many people say that they are your front. Other people say
that its ISNA. But back to CAIR, some people from the Muslim
Brotherhood have denied having a connection with CAIR. Do they really
represent you?

Mohamed Habib: Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11 …

SM: For them to say that there is a relationship between you two?

Mohamed Habib: Yes. You can say that.

That’s not a denial.

Mohammed Habib is the current #2 (and a possible future Supreme Leader) of the 4GW/5GW Muslem Brotherhood.

Book Notes – “War Nerd by Gary Brecher”

I finished reading “War Nerd” which is collection/bookification (yeah I made up the word) of Gray Brecher’s “War Nerd” web column.

The author is annoying, smug, and geeky.

I quite enjoyed the book. You should buy it. If you start reading it, keep reading.

It is a very readable analysis region-by-region of what is referred to in XGW as 0GW and 4GW – he doesn’t use though terms. If you don’t think 0GW exists anymore, read this book.

Here is the authors “mainpoints” or view on warfare as it is now (the very last thing written in the book):

1. Most wars are asymmetrical / irregular.
2. In these wars, the guerrillas / irregulars / insurgents do not aim for military victory.
3. You can NOT defeat these groups by killing lots of their members. In fact, they want you to do that.
4. Hi-tech weaponry is mostly useless in these wars.
5. “Hearts and Minds,” meaning propaganda and morale, are more important than military superiority.
6. Most people are not rational, they are TRIBAL: “my gang yay, your gang boo!” It really is that simple. The rest is cosmetics.

Here is the author being interviewed on Public Radio (don’t believe any of the biographical info though) – he is clearly an asshole – but an interesting one:

Interesting Podcast on Chinese Hackers – “The Dark Visitor #1″…

…is here.

The blog is interesting too.

“Unrestricted Warfare” (URW) and XGW / 4GW / 5GW

I have been meaning to write this for awhile. Zenpundit’s mention of “Unrestricted Warfare” and 4GW/5GW got me to type it:

The ideas from URW haven’t quite made there way into 4GW/5GW…there is a lot of richness in the its ideas. There is more in URW then is in Lind’s 4GW. So, does that make URW a better source for 4GW, or just for how states might fight 4GW? There is a lot of 5GW-ish stuff in there to. Maybe URW concept should be distilled and and treat as a separate category in XGW.

I leaning toward the 4GW category being shorthanded as “Full Spectrum Conflict” with the ‘Weaponization of things not thought to be weapons” being key.

Maybe it is best in XGW to treat URW as an additional generation between 4GW and 5GW though.

What do you all think?

[Cross-Posted to Dreaming 5GW]

Book Notes: John Poole’s Dragon Days: Time for “Unconventional” Tactics

John Poole‘s Dragon Days is mostly about 4GW and a little bit about what I call 5GW (aka SecretWar).

The Interesting points to me where:

– US light infantry should add criminal investigative techniques

– US light infantry should all add real SERE capability so they don’t need 2GW-ish bombardment (with its 4GW blowback) if they get into a fix.

– China seems to be the PuppetMaster behind lots of the conflict and enemies the US is facing – so China is sort of engaged in a non-kinetic 4GW and maybe a 5GW (though he doesn’t use that term) against the US

– Poole thinks that the release of the book Unrestricted Warfare was a deception operation to get the US focused on hi-tech warfare (which makes me think he really didn’t read it)