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Is Foggy Bottom Ready for Irregular Warfare?

Is Foggy Bottom Ready for Irregular Warfare? — The American, A Magazine of Ideas.

The State Dept, those from “Venus”, are mired in their “nation state” paradigm as our nation engages against a non-state/trans-state actor.  While the military developed and implemented doctrine, policies, and TTPs to meet the threat, diplomats continued with their nation-state approach, literally married to the ‘Durand Line.’

They should know better.  Cross-cultural communications and the idea of associative/collective societies are taught at all levels of international relations academic courses.  Yet, time and time again diplomats tie our nation’s hands forcing America to recognize and abide by borders that the enemy and the “hearts and minds” themselves ignore.  This was agonizingly true in Vietnam whereby our diplomats forced our nation to honor the “sanctity” of the Loatian and Cambodian borders, even though the enemy had violated that ethic and used those countries for their supply-chain logistics routes…in the view of international law and the military, they were valid targets.

The State Dept and its diplomats, who tack left culturally, need to address who they are supposed to be working for, and in whose interests they are beholden.  It is not in the interest of the United States to lose wars.  It is not in the interest of the United States to allow the enemy a pass with respect to international borders while we abide by them.  It is not in our national interest to consider tribes and collective societies nationalistically.

The nation-state construct as determined at Westphalia works most of the time, but far too often it is erroneous to everyone but the U.S. and the U.N.  Time for State to develop doctrine that address the realities of tribes because literally over 90% of the greater Islamic world operates within that paradigm.

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