This is how Daniel Greenfield begins his latest article, "Once upon a time it was the objective of the military to win wars. Now the objective of the military is to avoid incidents." Most of us over the past eleven years know this to be true. We know that it is only getting worse with Left-wing leadership in politics, the media, and the military. We know it to be true because our military is now not only instructed to sympathize with our enemy, but are ordered to turn their backs to the enemy and get murdered by them.
Below is an excerpt of Greenfields article. It is important to read it all because if this trend is not stopped and turned around, we have no hope of a secure future. As Greenfield concludes, "The war of words, the conflict of images and videos, the clash of
arguments, has become the sum of war. And that war is unwinnable because
it must be fought on two fronts, against the cultural enemies within
and the insurgents outside."
An incident happens when civilians are killed, prisoners mistreated or some other event that is photographed, videotaped and then flashed around the world. This results in an Incident, capital I, that triggers much artificial soul-searching by the media which spends the next two years beating the incident to death and flogging its corpse across television programs, newspaper articles, books, documentaries and finally, if it's a big enough incident, a real life movie version that is based on the book, which was based on the article, where the idealistic reporter/lawyer/activist who uncovered the truth about the incident will be played by Matt Damon or George Clooney.
The main objective of the military in most civilized countries is to prevent this chain of articles, programs, books, documentaries, dramatized plays and Matt Damon movies from coming about by making sure that no Incident can ever happen. And the best way to do that is by not fighting. And if the enemy insists on fighting, then he must be fought with razor sharp precision so that no collateral damage takes place. And if someone must die, it had better be our own soldiers, rather than anyone on the other side whose death might be used as an Incident.
Incidentism isn't derived from a fear of Matt Damon movies, but from the perception that wars are not won on the battlefield, but in the minds of men. And that perception has a good deal to do with the kind of wars we choose to fight.
The military, whether in the United States or Israel, does not exist to win wars. It exists to win over the people who don't want it to win a war.
The guiding principle in such conflicts is to use the military to push back the insurgency long enough to win over the local population with a nation building exercise. This program has never worked out for the United States, but that doesn't mean that generations of military leaders don't insist on going through the motions of applying it anyway. (continue reading at Sultan Knish)