What’s the Difference between Police and Military Action?

I think that there is a difference between the nature of policing and the military rooted in the nature of legitimacy.  But does the US government in fighting in Afghanistan really understand this too?  See the discussion at CurrentIntelligence.net, where I posted “Differentiating Between Police and Military Action.”  Find out what Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, the DC sniper, and the Unabomber all have in common.

One Response to “What’s the Difference between Police and Military Action?”

  1. Rick says:

    I think the difference is rooted more in just legitimacy. As a former soldier in the Army’s spec. ops. command, and saw the many differences in the culture throughout the armed forces. I’ve always thought it was a bad idea to have infantry soldiers, who are our broad sword, and blunt instrument of destruction, have a role that they were not trained for. More than that, it is a role that is counter to their cultural ethos. When we are in real danger from another country, and our lives are on the line, you want these guys between you and the enemy, but you don’t want these guys dealing primarily with civilians in a COIN role. The army has tried to transform the role, but there has been very little buy-in from the average soldier, and they are still trained in a “kill’em all” culture. I.e, they are not big picture thinkers, and that isn’t their job.

    I’ve always thought that these small Islamist radical groups were an issue for law enforcement, and spec. ops forces only, in a very targeted manner; similar to the way the FBI goes after the mafia. It is also a mistake to have special forces just hanging out in an area. These guys will get bored and they will go looking for a fight. They are like the world’s greatest athletes being forced to watch a game live, and not being allowed to play. They’re gonna jump in and get into trouble. They also live in a separate command structure, and have more autonomy that any other kind of soldier.

    So it is really a matter of using the right tool for the right job, and we are fucking up a simple matter of tool selection. Using a hammer when you need a screw driver.

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