While we at SOFREP are big proponents of Special Forces and their Foreign Internal Defense mission, we should do a better job of scrutinizing who we train, why we train them, and what we train them to do. All too often we train those who can’t be trusted and train those who can in US military doctrine which cannot be grafted on to foreigners in a mirror image.
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The following article from Foreign Policy is very relevant to this topic: http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/19/other-peoples-armies-middle-east-camp-david-obama/ The following passages from the article are noteworthy: "At its best, it (using other people's armies) is a sound idea that recognizes the limits of American power, the often thankless, frustrating experience of being the world’s policeman, and the reasonable expectation that other nations should clean up their own messes. But the idea is not without its own limitations. There are multiple deep risks associated with defaulting to this approach. They include the inability to influence outcomes so that they advance or protect vital U.S. interests, the problems associated with having allied armies inadequate to tackling the problem at hand trying and then failing to achieve a goal that might have been achievable with greater U.S. involvement, and the danger of being forced by expediency to support or align ourselves with bad actors, thus making matters materially worse for us and our allies." "While I am deeply sympathetic to the president’s impulse to avoid the mistakes of the Bush years, it is now clear that unilateralism, multilateralism, interventionism and/or strategic withdrawal all share one common reality — the trick is in the implementation. Too little is as bad as too much. Too cautious is as bad as too reckless. It may not feel that way at first, but if, for example, the Middle East descends into a major region-wide war and our long-term interests are at risk or we are drawn in at a more dangerous moment, we will recognize just how costly mismanaged restraint can be. Indeed, one of the risks of relying on other people’s armies is that while we may be wise to exercise caution, they may not be — and we may still pay the price either through economic costs, threats to allies, spread of unrest, or other factors."
. ...Former trainer has little hope: . http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/20/iraq-forces-ex-trainers-see-fatal-flaws-for-iraqi-/ . -YP-
BrandonTWebb JackMurphyRGR a good saying" you can teach a dog to fight, but you can't put the fight in the dog."
BrandonTWebb JackMurphyRGR really? Who would know... Sarcasm apart it ain't easy and more often than not has unintended consequences
Its gonna be a long bloody summer in the levant... http://www.wsj.com/articles/shiite-forces-in-iraq-mobilize-to-retake-city-from-islamic-state-1431960583