Using a bigger shovel
Posted by aogWednesday, 14 March 2007 at 20:49 TrackBack Ping URL

Every time you think “gosh, the Caliphascists couldn’t get any strategically dumber”, they manage to exceed expectations. Via Brothers Judd I see that Caliphascist forces in Pakistan are now attacking other parts of Pakistan with splodey-dopes1. Clearly, it’s not enough to be fighting Afghan and NATO forces to the west, one must also be trying to start a local civil war against a military dictatorship that has, de facto, let you set up your own little autonomous region.

One might argue that what leaders there are among the Caliphascists didn’t plan that, it’s just an uncontrollable outcome of the ideology and weapons they use. But such choices are also part of strategy and picking ones that will inevitable lead to this sort of blowback is still bad strategy. Of course, if they were smart enough to be strategic they’d be in a different line of work.

1 “splodey-dope” is a term that’s come up in our little circle. The earlier mention I can find of the term is here at Little Green Footballs back on 19 May 2002, but it is used without explanation, creating a reasonable presumption that this is not the true first use.

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Michael Herdegen Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 18:06

It’s due to the fact that the Caliphascists aren’t one movement, they’re a coalition of groups with some elements in common. It’s also unhelpful to their C3 (Command, Control, and Communications) efforts that local terror cells are only affiliates, not franchises.

So it’s exactly like the Pat Buchanan/Tom Tancredo wing of conservativism shooting the mainstream GOP in the foot at election time. Nobody plans it that way, but nobody can stop it, either.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 18:42

They’ve stopped Buchanan, at least — he’s as much a symbol of the GOP as LaRouche is of the Democratic Party.

Michael Herdegen Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 19:36

I was specifically thinking of the recent immigration flare-ups.

cjm Friday, 16 March 2007 at 09:30

given that the terrorist groups are essentially criminal gangs, it is no surprise that they behave as they do. the police/state is antagonistic to them, but they are also antagonistic to each other. hence, all against all. they cooperate when it suits the day’s plan. we see the same thing with the palistinians. these bozos are not intelligent, they have no real ability at anything a local gang here couldn’t duplicate. it’s the overall lawless environment where they operate that allows them to become oversized in their actions.

Jeff Guinn Monday, 19 March 2007 at 07:44

How much does this have to do with the Sunni - Shia divide?

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