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Scott Sulllivan:
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.


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