Laser like imprecision
Posted by aogTuesday, 20 May 2003 at 21:11 TrackBack Ping URL
I think that Oliver Willis missed his calling. He should have been a Marine with his “charge the sound of the guns strategy”. Mr. Willis apparently thinks that the invasion of Iraq was too distracting in the war against the Caliphascists because Al Qaeda is extensive in the Saudi Entity. This can hardly be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. What's different is that Al Qaeda is fouling its own nest now. That's a change of strategy and probably not caused by a surge in recruits or capabilities. It's hardly a return to their old tricks. Willis is quite correct that the Saudi Entity is the central wellspring of the Caliphascists but even Marines have learned attacking the enemy strongpoint is not the best way to victory. Instead one encircles, feints and takes out targets of opportunity first until the strongpoint is isloated and easier to defeat.

The analogy here is the while Iraq and the Saudi Entity are hardly allies, they were both in effect bases for the Caliphascists and the removal of Iraq is a serious defeat for them. Clearly the Saudis thought so and expended great effort to avoid this outcome. Further, as one of the commentors mentioned, access to Iraqi oil will go a long way in making it easier to pressure the Saudis.

I suppose its the standard liberal mindset with its short term vision and blithe disregard for the real world consequences and costs of actions. Do the obvious thing, the thing that sounds like it should work, don't worry about whether it's really going to be successful.

P.S. As for the comment that the US will “only attack countries with weak armies or without running water” – who exactly could we attack that doesn't have weak army? France?