Obzma needs Abraham Lincoln Brigade
In order to regain political momentum in national security affairs, President Obama should announce a surprise defene reorganization plan that would designate the US's elite Special Forces -- first named by then President Kennedy in 1963 – today President Obama will rename as today's Abraham Lincoln Brigades. The 1930's Brigadeswere an elite all-volunteer left wing military force that earned distinction in the years before WW II by fighting Japan's militarists in China, as well as Italian fascists and Hitler's Nazis in Spain.
By renaming the SpeciaL operations Forces, President Obama intends to pull SOF out of the political doldrums they have been in since Obama last year fired the SOF top commander McChrystal for displaying insubordination towards Obama himself in 2010.
So, what would President Obama gain by renaming his Special Operations Forces as the Abraham Lincoln Brigades. For one thing, President Obama's name would go down in history alongside that of President Kennedy as one of only two US presidents who have been honored by the US Defense Department as the creators of the US's Special Operations Forces.
Moreover, President Obama could use this prestigious ceremony honoring establishment of Obama's new version of the anti-fascist Abraham Lincoln Brigades by inviting the congressional friends of SOF like Senator William Cohen, who is sorry to see the US Special Operations Forces dissipate their once strong and definitive congressional mandate to become involved in all aspects of Joint Staff planning for fighting terrorism. Senator Cohen and many yother pro-SOF legislators have great confidence in SOF threat assessments and want SOF to a place at the Joint staff planning table as the reward for ongoing SOF contributions to the warfighting capabilities of US conventional forces. Unless SOF can meet this challenge of radical innovation by using the highly prized special techniques described as low intensity warfare (such as PSYOP) that empower US forces to degrade and even defeat the terrorists before they arrive at the battlefield.
Moreover, the Russians and Chinese, who are becoming our primary partners in fighting the Taliban, first invented low intensity conflict, in cooperation with their Vietnamese partners, and would share their policies to deter the Taliban, and would be honored to serve with the Abraham Lincoln Brigades.
Scott Sullivan is a former Washington government employee and was the Senior Advisor for International Economics at the Crisis Management Center of the National Security Council, 1984 - 1986. Petroleumworld not necessarily share these views.
Editor's Note: All comments posted and published on Petroleumworld, do not reflect either for or against the opinion expressed in the comment as an endorsement of Petroleumworld. All comments expressed are private comments and do not necessary reflect the view of this website. All comments are posted and published without liability to Petroleumworld. Follow us in Twitter
And post your comments in our Facebook site.
Use Notice: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of issues of environmental and humanitarian significance. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
All works published by Petroleumworld are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.Petroleumworld has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is Petroleumworld endorsed or sponsored by the originator.
Petroleumworld encourages persons to reproduce, reprint, or broadcast Petroleumworld articles provided that any such reproduction identify the original source, http://www.petroleumworld.com or else and it is done within the fair use as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. Internet web links to http://www.petroleumworld.com are appreciated
Petroleumworld News 04/26/2011
Follow us in Twitter
And post your comments in our Facebook site
Petroleumworld welcomes your feedback
and comments, share your thoughts on this article,
your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and
comments about this article, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright© 1999-2010 Petroleumworld or respective author or news agency. All rights reserved.
We welcome the use of Petroleumworld™ stories by anyone provided it mentions Petroleumworld.com as the source. Other stories you have to get authorization by its authors
Send this story to a friend Any question or suggestions,
please write to: email@example.comBest Viewed with IE 5.01+Windows NT 4.0, '95, '98, ME,
XP, Vista, W7 +/ 800x600 pixels