I love the Joe Wambaugh police novels. Not just because he brings you into the ‘real’ world of the street cop, but because he gets you into their hearts and minds. THAT’S the function of a good novel, any novel. And because he had been there (as an LAPD cop) he speaks the truth, metaphorically.
There are lessons to be learned.
American Mercenary writes for us about Recon, Raid and Ambush. Not just the stuff most of us see only in action movies and television shows, but the textbook Army Ranger School reality about such matters.
Why should we care? Most of us are armchair adventurers at best. I’m a disabled, overweight, 60 year old man. Do I think I can best some regular Army 21 year old, if they come for my guns? Of course not. But, there are lessons to be learned.
I truly hope and pray with every fiber of my being that ‘we’ can overcome the dark political forces working diligently to undermine this American Republic’s Constitutional System. Many of these folks raised their right hand and swore allegiance to defend the U.S. Constitution , and they were lying. They had a different agenda all along.
Much of what we see daily in the blogosphere tells us we will soon see Civil War. NOT on paper, but a real blood, guts, taking prisoners, killing war. ‘They’ say it’s inevitable. And some say we should be prepared to engage.
But Joseph Wambaugh makes a point (in The New Centurions). The fictional PT training officer in the police academy in the book says the job of the street cop (the good guy) is to out endure the bastard! (the street criminal). That what he prepares them for.
And American Mercenary gives us the very same message 30 years later. He doesn’t just give civilians textbook answers about how do be a military force. He says the following (in part):
~I don’t know if my perception is skewed by what I read, but it seems to me that a lot of people in the Liberty movement believe that conducting light infantry style operations will be something that comes naturally. I think that this is a dangerous and foolish notion on both a tactical and strategic level. Scotland would be free if Scots could work together beyond the clan level.~
~I don’t know about all of human history, but from what I know of warfare, “lone wolf” actors have never been decisive in the outcome of a revolution. So having “tribe” or “clan” is good. Having a unified political presence is decisive. In the Revolutionary War General Washington lost more battles than not. In WWII after Pearl Harbor we got our asses handed to us straight for 18 months. Remember that winning a war isn’t always about killing the other guy, it is about being the last one standing. And most insurgencies go along the same way, the insurgents die in disproportionate amounts to the superpower, but the superpower decides to go away.
Think about it this way: if you take the kill/loss ratio from the US experience in Vietnam, and apply it to the current US political atmosphere against the “Three Percent” then there would be not enough Three Percenters left at the end of the war to have a political voice. There may be a few lone wolves howling at the moon, but they will be dismissed.~
~War is bloody politics. Politics is just people trying to work together, often to gain power over other people. And politics is “mostly” bloodless war.~
The Liberty Movement is not only about Civil War. It’s about going back to Joe Wambaugh: We have to out endure the bastard(s)!
Keep those cards, letter, emails and telephone calls coming in, folks. Let D.C. know we’re out here! We’ve won some battles, but certainly not the war.