Thursday, January 12, 2006

Dissin' accomplished

US Army its own worst enemy: British officer:

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

In counterinsurgency campaigns, Brigadier Aylwin-Foster says, "the quick solution is often the wrong one".
He argues that intense conformism and overly centralised decision-making slowed the army's operations in Iraq, giving the enemy time to respond.
The army's can-do spirit also encouraged a "damaging optimism" that interfered with realistic assessments.

"I think he's an insufferable British snob," responded Colonel Kevin Benson, commander of the US Army's School of Advanced Military Studies.

Good comeback, the equivalent of a plaintive, “Oh, shut up.” from the outwitted in response to a schoolyard taunt.

Gotta support the team, ay, Coach?