Thursday, January 12, 2006

US Army its own worst enemy: British officer

A senior British officer has written a scathing critique of the U.S. Army and its performance in Iraq, accusing it of cultural ignorance, moralistic self-righteousness, unproductive micromanagement and unwarranted optimism there.


British Brig. Nigel Aylwin-Foster, who was deputy commander of a program to train the Iraqi military, said American officers in Iraq displayed such "cultural insensitivity" that it "arguably amounted to institutional racism" and may have spurred the growth of the insurgency. The Army has been slow to adapt its tactics, he argues, and its approach during the early stages of the occupation "exacerbated the task it now faces by alienating significant sections of the population."

So who would publish such a scathing critique ?

The answer ... the 'US army' in this weeks edition of the magazine Military Review

Is he attacking the soldiers on the ground ?

Well no , he clearly says ' The Army is full of soldiers showing qualities such as patriotism, duty, passion and talent'

So what is the problem ?

Well he states "it (the US army) seemed weighed down by bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook, a predisposition to offensive operations, and a sense that duty required all issues to be confronted head-on."

It is no suprise that the article has sparked indignation in the US. Col Kevin Benson, commander of the US Army's elite School of Advanced Military Studies, said his first reaction was that Brig Aylwin-Foster was "an insufferable British snob".

"Some of this is pretty powerful stuff and it made me a little upset,"

"But sometimes good articles do make you angry. We should publish articles like this."

Read the full article for yourself at Military Review ( pdf file )

Sources and further reading here , here and here .

7 Comments:

Blogger vkn said...

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January 12, 2006 12:02 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

The problem is us. My fellow Texans and Americans are the problem.

They are racist. Maybe not all of them but a majority harbor hatred of all things different.

Like children who won't eat broccoli and hate it.. yet have never actually tried broccoli.

-Hype

January 12, 2006 3:52 pm  
Anonymous cb said...

"it (the US army) seemed weighed down by bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook, a predisposition to offensive operations, and a sense that duty required all issues to be confronted head-on."

I suppose that's what you get when you have a military that hasn't had to change for so many years. (Bureaucracy wise, that is). The US military hasn't had a decent challenge in so long, and with challenge or competition, it's easy to just go with business as usual.

January 12, 2006 4:58 pm  
Blogger Jeannie said...

The true problem is LIBERALS! If the US is such a problem then why are millions of people trying to break in every year. If the US is soooo full of racists then why do millions of minorities become successful and wealthy.

It is people like you, the spoiled brats, who can't make it in the US who constantly complain and blame all of their problems on everyone else. The failures in America are those who cry and play the race card the most. I'm a minority and I can tell you that hype is WRONG!

January 15, 2006 7:00 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Hahahaha

hello Jeanie

I must say thank you for ammusing me so much today

I am starting to question my belief in evolution

you speak freely about murdering people in Iraq ooops Iran , you love the torture of children and now you speak for the minorites

I think it is safe to say your NOT a minority and they are more than capable of speaking for themselves

btw that copy of "Mein Kemp" on your shelf is looking a bit dusty , time for another read maybe ?

January 16, 2006 12:03 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

" The true problem is LIBERALS!

Liberals are forcing troops in Iraq to misbehave? You have truly lost your mind.

"If the US is such a problem then why are millions of people trying to break in every year.

A total non sequitur (sorry for using a word you don't know), but I'll bite. Because they face better economic prospects than they do in their impoverished nations.

"If the US is soooo full of racists then why do millions of minorities become successful and wealthy.

We are still on a total non sequitur (sorry again) aimed at avoiding the issue, but... The 'success' and 'wealth' of minorities in the U.S. doesn't look so good when one looks are how inequality breaks down along racial lines. And is the U.S. "soooo full of racists"? How about using actual facts to look at the issue? "Studies have consistenly found that people of colour who are equally or more qualified than whites are still less likely to be hired because of racial prejudice on the part of employers..." [Tim Wise, Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and white, p.17 (references to claim given in footnote)] Moreover, "according to a survey by the National Opinion Research Center, sixty-two percent of whites think blacks are lazies than other groups, fifty-six percent say say they are more prone to violence, and fifty-three percent say they are less intelligent." [Ibid, p. 22] In other words, soooo (four Os) many people are racist in the U.S. No hype, just fact. Now begone you brat.

January 16, 2006 2:18 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

Just wanna add, though, that the way 'liberals' is typed in all caps is very, very convincing. I might have been persuaded by her argument had the entire post been all caps... [/sarcasm]

January 17, 2006 1:05 am  

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