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London Think Tank Describes ‘War Gone Badly Wrong’ In 9/11 Response Review

September 8, 2011 by  

London Think Tank Describes ‘War Gone Badly Wrong’ In 9/11 Response Review

A report created by the U.K.-based Oxford Research Group (ORG) sums up the consequences of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade as “a war gone badly wrong.”

Paul Rogers, a professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire and Global Security Consultant to ORG, created the report which seeks to measure the intentions for U.S. and European involvement in the Mideast against the consequences of involvement 10 years later. The author says the horrific events of 9/11 were a sound reason for the U.S. to pursue al-Qaida in the Mideast, but that the War on Terror has essentially lost direction and represents unexplainable and indefensible practices of foreign policy as it enters its second decade.

The report concludes:

A brief war in Afghanistan is shortly to enter its second decade, seven years of war in Iraq have yet to bring a lasting peace, and Pakistan remains deeply unstable. Meanwhile, groups linked loosely with the al-Qaida movement make progress in Yemen, Nigeria, Algeria and the Horn of Africa.

At present, the outlook is somewhat bleak. The United States and its coalition allies have indeed started to learn from a decade’s failures; but the lessons they are drawing show them still to be rooted in a “control paradigm”: keeping the lid on conflicts (“liddism”) rather than preventing their emergence. The control paradigm still dominates, albeit in a slightly different form. Rather than a reliance on “boots on the ground” and troop “surges”, and the sustained use of air-power and precision-guided munitions, we are likely to witness a blurring of the roles between the military and agencies such as the CIA; an assumption of paramilitary roles by intelligence agencies; and a deployment of the military’s special forces in “taking out” threats whenever and wherever they arise.

In the context of an increasingly fragile and uncertain world, and of a situation where radical groups and individuals from marginalised communities are capable of probing the innate weaknesses of advanced industrial states, these measures are seriously misconceived in terms of finding solutions to the problems western states are facing. This new way of attempting to “control” global insecurity, exemplified in the reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death, may initially prove popular. But so, once, were the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is difficult to imagine that the newer type of “transnational” warfare will be any more successful than the failed policies of the last decade.

The report also calls upon U.S. and British officials to use the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to reflect on the mistakes of the past decade via an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The measure, according to ORG, will allow the U.S. and its partners to learn from the evident failure of the War on Terror by paying more attention to the underlying causes of conflict, such as factors motivating young paramilitaries to take extreme action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Doc Sarvis

    From what is reported above, the ORG has greatly understated the situation.

    • Thor

      Well, Doc, I’d say your understatement about their ‘understatement’ is a non sequitor that proves only that neither you nor they can read a map. From a strategic standpoint, it should be obvious to anyone paying attention that the real culprit in world terrorism — the mullahs of Tehran (that’s in Iran you recall)–is now surrounded by two US armed forces and we have not had a major attack on our soil since. All of this sorta makes it seem stupid to tell them when we won’t have them surrounded anymore–from a political as well as military standpoint. Now, don’t ask me to explain the logic but ICBM’s don’t seem to have the same effect on the world’s notion of propriety as tactical arms. You let us know when that, or the rules of logic, change, eh?

  • Ted Crawford

    How, I wonder, are we to win a war when the Commander in Chief declares that we are only going to try to win untill this date and then we will go home? That seems akin to one Commander telling the opposing Commander ” This is how this will playout. I’m going to use most of my air assets and my full Missle capacity on those troops you have on the hill. When I have you’re attention there, I’ll release my Armor and the remianing air assets on those troops you have in the valley. with you distracted they will be easily overcome! Then I’ll destroy your troops on the hill! Okey now lets go”

    • James

      Our military purpose there is not to wage war, it’s a police action. Congress did no declare war on Afghanistan or Iraq, our troops were authorized to neutralize the Taliban in Afghanistan and destroy the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Since we have essentially done that there is no reason for troops to be there.

    • Citizen

      Ted Crawford: do you actually believe these two wars would still be being waged if the country re-instated a draft, where everybody’s sons and daughters, friends and neighbors had to fight this war? Especially, since W wanted to invade Iraq, because Saddam (may he suffer for eternity in hell) put out a contract on his father’s life.

  • eddie47d

    al Qaeda is like a band of marauding pirates. Everyone wants to capture or kill them yet they are extremely elusive. One is killed and another pops up someplace else. They are for the most part long gone from Afghanistan and have drifted into Pakistan and Yemen where they are doing there damages. Nigeria is now a hotbed for al Qaeda also and their government is so entrenched in corruption a take over could be an easy one although extremely bloody. al Qaeda are thugs who light fires hoping the world will be shocked and come to a nations rescue. Forcing us to expend precious resources in wars and nation building. al Qaeda has achieved it’s goal by destabilising great and weak nations alike then moving on to the next “conquest”. They have us running scared and exactly where they want us.Whether British or American our actions have gone badly.

  • TOM DUNNE

    TERRORISTS ARE FUNDED MOSTLY BY DRUG MONEY COMING FROM POPPIE CROPS GROWN IN AFGANISTAN.THE U.S. REFUSES TO BOMB THEM BECAUSE THIS WOULD PUT FARMERS OUT OF BUSINESS,OR SOME OTHER DUMB REASON.OUR HEROS ARE BEING KILLED BECAUSE OF THIS.WE ARE ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN.YOU MIGHT ASK WHY WOULD OBAMA OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF NOT STOP THIS.SINCE IT SEEMS THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE,BOMB OR POISEN THE CROPS.TERRORISTS MOSTLY DEFUNDED,DRUG TRADE IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD STOPPED UNTIL A NEW CROP IS GROWN.BOMB THAT TOO! OBAMA MUST RUIN THIS COUNTRY ANY WAY HE CAN,GIVING OUR MONEY AWAY TO COMMUNIST GROUPS LIKE UNIONS,CAR MFGS.,FOOD STAMPS,CASH FOR CLUNKERS AND REFRIDGEERATORS. BY ALLOWING DRUGS TO KILL OUR CHILDREN.BY TAKING AWAY OUR GUNS,REMEMBER THAT IS THE FIRST THING THE NAZIS/SOCIALISTS DID IN EUROPE IN ORDER TO TAKE OVER.OBAMA MUST DO ALL OF THIS IN ORDER TO TAKE OVER NOT ONLY THE U.S. BUT HE AND HIS REGIME WILL TRY TO TAKE OVER ALL OF EUROPE!THAT IS WHY THE OBAMA ECONOMY,JOB CREATION PLAN AND EVERY THING HE PUTS INTO PLACE SEEMS TO FAIL.A FAILED U.S.A.IS HIS PLAN.HE NEEDS FOUR MORE YEARS TO FINISH.SO FAR HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED HIS GOAL.THE ONLY THING HE FEARS,OUR SECOND AMENDMENT!!! WHERE WOULD EUROPE BE TODAY IF THEY DID NOT GLADLY GIVE UP THERE GUNS? THERE ARE ONLY TWO THINGS THIS GOVERNMENT FEARS ARMED AND VOTING CITIZENS! KEEP YOUR MUSKET CLEAN AND POWDER DRY.LET THEM HEAR YOUR VOICE,LOUD AND CLEAR AND MAY THE LIVING GOD HAVE MERCY ON US.

    • GHAY HOLCOMB

      I THINK IT IS GROSSLY UNFAIR TO JUST LUMP “UNIONS” INTO THAT MIX OF
      HELL WHOLESALE ATTACKS ON UNIONS. I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STEELWORKERS, HAVING BEEN A MEMBER SINCE 1959.

  • Norman

    It is fairly clear that when you look at who commit terrorist acts and where their support comes from that one common denominator is Islam. Most of us know that there are hard core Islamists and moderate muslims so we should be aware of these distinctions. The Islamists are brain washed and out to build their caliphate and dominate the world and look down on moderates and non muslims. Western countries must look at distinguishing the difference in their immigration policies and be more pragmatic in defending their democratic and public safety policies for future generations. When we go to war we must ensure that we deal with our enemies as effectively as possible. This was not done as efficiently as possible in Iraq where there are various divisions and hatred amongst the Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, and various tribes nor in Afghanistan which also is divided between tribal war lords. As others have said it is not conducive to conducting military action when the Pres. of the US talks of withdrawal of troops and their withdrawal timetable. This is pure idiocy and a guarantee of how to lose a war, and let down the native population to a point of despair and unwillingness to co-operate against their enemy and future domination.

  • jopa

    It took a Think Tank to come up with this?

  • JimH

    We are using conventional troops and conventional stratagies to fight an unconventional war.
    The enemy uses small groups and hides in remote areas.
    With good intel to find them, a small sergical strike will take the cell out. You don’t need an armored division.
    Find the training camps and headquarters, come in at night and take it out.

    • eddie47d

      That could and does work Jim. The problem with al Qaeda is that they are always in countries that don’t co-operate with us. Those small missions end up costing us billions. Al Qaeda in Nigeria in in the north and we have no reason to take them out at this time. (Not detrimental to our security). Now what happens as they move southward to the coast and start disrupting the oil pipelines of American companies? Will we have another war for oil or abandon the rigs to al Qaeda? The Dutch and British also have rigs there and may want an all out war to protect their interests which could drag us into the fray. In Vietnam we started out with a few advisers in the 50′s and we were still there in 1975. Quick and easy with commandos is fine but it always ends up being much more.

      • JimH

        Hi Eddie, I propose attack the terrorist base, then leave. No advisors, or support. Kill the enemy and get out.
        If the country the terrorists are in protest, ask them why they allow a terrorist base to exist within their borders.

  • chuckb

    we should immediately remove our troops from afghanistan and iraq. this has cost us precious lives and huge costs of money. what have we succeeded in doing. afghanistan is no different than when we went in. those people live in the stone age and smoke opium, leave them to their own destruction. iraq is the same we have done nothing except tear their infrastructure apart then attempted to rebuild it, they still hate us and we are destroying our economy trying to save theirs. no thanks.
    our so called leader is too busy helping the muslim brotherhood and al queda overthrow the middle east, he hasn’t a clue otherwise.

  • http://www.AMCOSVCS.Com Allen Bahn

    1.all these bad boys are in Pakistan.Pakistan consists of five provinces.
    a. Sind
    b. Baluchistan
    c. North western frontier province
    c. Punjab
    d. Pakistan occupied kashmir.
    Baluchistan was never part of Pakistan.It was invaded by Pakistan and occupied by Pakistani troops.If the US recognizes an indipendent Baluchistan and backs it up with our Military resources we can then supply our troops in Afhganistan by a land route.
    e. If we recognize Northwest Pakistan as Pustunistan then we shall have undone great injustice done to the Pushtu People whose land was divided by British Afghan war.
    f. If we recognize Indian claim over Pakistan occupied Kashmir we will have restored Political balance to Hindu Muslim friction.
    g. That leaves Punjab as the last vestage of Pakistan. They will be an isolated land locked country which can not affoard a huge terror outfits and Pakistani Army.
    This will also prevent china linking up with Afganista.Mineral wealth of Afganistan will then flow to western countries through Baluchistann

  • Jon

    Search Google for: Bush Signed Afghanistan Invasion The Day Before 9/11!

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    we’ve forgotten how to fight to win. we clutter the battlefield with a phlethery of hostile media types and military lawyers. Rules of engagement call for warning shots to be fired at hostiles. Enemy troops are allowed santuary to regroup and resupply in other hostile areas. We are more concerened with incidentals like collateral damage and nation building than we are in winning the war. I say kill them all and let God sort them out. Our enemies look at us as a pathetically weak nation without the will to prevail; maybe they’re right.

    • Citizen

      gunner689: I hope you were or are in the military and fighting in one of these wars, because if you are not, then you should shut your piehole or pick up a gun or enlist in the military. Apparently, you are at a PC replying to this article.

  • Peggy

    2 of the most experienced war Generals both warned us “Beware of warmongering corporations” = General/President Eisenhower & General Colin Powell, former Bush Secretary of State who also warned Dubya Bush about invading Iraq = “you break it, you buy it”. All USA wars since I was born in 1945 have been about OIL, Corporate Profits, and trading the dead or maimed bodies of soldiers {many drafted in Vietnam} ~~ let’s face it; no official Foreign Country in Uniform has attacked us in decades. The leaders = Cheney, Dubya, & the Corporations that put them in office are the ones who should be on trial for treason and given the Death Penalty which Dubya & now Rick Perry heartily carry out in my state of Texas.

    Obama campaigned on ending foreign wars; thus, vote him out and let the BEST Person for the job finally do it = Hillary Clinton.

    REINSTATE THE DRAFT = THAT WILL BRING A SCREECHING HALT TO THIS WASTE OF HUMANS AND $TRILLIONS OVERSEAS.

    The terrorists who committed 9/11 and carbombs, etc — they warned the US to stay out, get out of Muslim countries and land. We now have armed forces in over 50 countries;

    rebuild Iraq? Afghanistan? When are we going to rebuild our own back yard = the continental USA?

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