4th Generation Warfare and the reluctant Suburbanite
What it means for you and yours
A Three Part Series - Part I of III
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By this point in time, readers of blogs and posts like this can be assumed to have a degree of familiarity with at least the term “4th Generation War” (hereafter denoted “4GW”). Readers with no military experience, freeze dried Lance Corporals (hello, 4th Marine Division ... there, I said it. If the dunce cap fits, wear it) and all degrees in between should take heed and understand this. It is not theoretical, it is not merely something in a term paper or academic article. 4GW is here, it is local, and it impacts YOU. And your family.
A place to start for a common understanding of 4GW is Bill Lind himself. Go HERE, download the pdf... save it for your own reference. Send it to your friends.
Lind states “Fourth Generation marks the most radical change since the Peace of Westphalia. In Fourth Generation war, the state loses its monopoly on war. All over the world, state militaries find themselves fighting nonstate opponents such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Almost everywhere, the state is losing.”
It must be understood that warfare is far more involved than just people dressed alike, shooting each other. Warfare has many more dimensions to it, many that transcend the physical. Lind discusses the idea of American forces understanding success as a matter of disparity in attrition rates. Consider if you will that comparative attrition rates are essentially meaningless, and here is why I make that claim: In 1995, Vietnam stated that 2,000,000 civilians, 1,100,000 North Vietnamese soldiers and perhaps 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers lost their lives. That amount of killing as opposed to 57,000 American KIA. Given that ratio, America lost. It was the common core math answer that did them in. Despite heroic efforts on the field of battle, Walter Cronkite broke the will of the American people during the Tet Offensive, suggesting the war was lost. All it took was one Progressive newscaster with no sack or sense of patriotism to sink the enterprise. In a perfect world, Cronkite should have been tried as a traitor upon conclusion of that war.
The only time comparative attrition rates matter is when your enemy runs out of people or does the math on a convenient napkin and realizes that they will soon run out of people if they persist. Cue Rome versus Carthage. THAT attrition mattered.
The 4GW fetish of "Bwana amongst the locals" is in my opinion, BULLSHIT. All the cultural intelligence of the “don't show them the soles of your feet” variety is a superficial Band Aid on a severed artery. Americans are not accepted in other cultures.
There is theory and there is reality. This applies in spades in America as we are being deliberately swamped with unassimilated illiterati. and official US immigration policy is to favor non-European cultures under the rubric that "Diversity" is desirable. All the multi culti “intelligence” is not a modus vivendi. Frankly, I don't care if the place does not have Schwarma or goat curry, or whatever. I can get by on meat and potatoes. And beer... don't forget the beer.
- "As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well" - Gen Casey response to Ft Hood Shooting
- What we see as merely a difference of opinions and ideas, they see quite differently. They are NOT Americans with a different paint job. Culture means a lot more than a laminated pocket card and a few phrases. So, go ahead, take your helmet off. It won't make you more likeable. Understand that the pathological need that Americans seem to espouse as a policy is seen by foreigners as despicable sign of effete weakness. Sure, they may cozy up to you long enough to secure your EEE (emergency and extraordinary expense funds, i.e. cash on hand usually kept by the Logistics (S-4) officer) funds or get various “contracts” to build, maintain and supply what you are building up or to service the porta johns... but understand that foreigners do not go by quarterly outlooks. They care not for the MBA smoothed niceties and Power Point. They will do it to please the master and do whatever it takes to get the money/resources, and probably smile doing it. But they will still be there when you rotate out of the theater. They will be there after some idiot declares “mission accomplished!”. They will be there after an even bigger idiot folds the tent and capitulates. Then, America has nothing, they have what they want and everyone else is left wondering “what happened?”.
This concludes Part I of III.
- Part Three: DIME: 4GW and the Ideology of disaffected minorities
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The "4th Generation Warfare and the Reluctant Suburbanite" series was penned by StopShouting contributor and #FAB50 Blog Award Winner Partyzantski, retired Mustang, former FID embedded military Advisor, SASO trainer and scenario developer, Electronic Warfare Aviator, PME instructor, certified Force Protection and Anti-terrorism officer and combat seasoned USMC (0202) field grade intelligence officer. When not blogging or maintaining weapons proficiency at the range, he enjoys cat herding and travel to off-the-beaten-track locales. You can follow him on Twitter @Partyzantski
William S. Lind primer on 4th Gen Warfare
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Reference Material For Purchase: (Amazon Links)
William S. Lind & Gregory Thiele: 4th Gen Warfare Handbook
H. John Poole: Phantom Soldier: The Enemy's Answer to US Firepower
(Note: You can read Partyzantski's Book Review of "Phantom Soldier" HERE)
H. John Poole: Afrique: A Warning for America
Michael Walsh: Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and Subversion of the West
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