Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Erik Prince Has a Correct COA Against ISIS

As we have discussed often here and at Midrats, a critical part of the Strategic level battle against ISIS is to undermine their Strategic Center of Gravity: the religious justification for their existence. 

Everything done must be related to this.

Very much in the Salamander approved possible Courses of Action is an outline of a Commander’s Intent – imperfect but good enough – that you could build both a Strategic and Operational Level plan around.

Who would this Commander’s Intent come from? In this case, Blackwater Founder Erik Prince as told to SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon,
(1)…you have to take away any claim they have to a Caliphate. That means destroying any conventional force they have in Iraq or Syria…
(2)… a “Phoenix Program,” similar to the one employed in Vietnam that would capture or kill the funders of Islamic terror and that would even be the wealthy radical Islamist billionaires funding it from the Middle East, and any of the other illicit activities they’re in.
(3)…destroy them on the Internet. … That means with a very capable IT program to dig in and find where these jihadist sites are being hosted, where they’re being issued from, and you go and find and finish them at the Internet server level and destroy their ability to communicate, even on the Web.
I think we can fold this in with PLAN SALAMANDER we’ve been consistent about over the last few years and have a Plan to work with.

Have a better plan?

NB: In honor of the memory of Andrew Breitbart who I used to write for and greatly admire, I do not usually link to breitbart.com, but I am making the exception here.

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