Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007

Video – Lt. Col. John Nagl – Counter Insurgency Expert

John Nagl – on the Daily Show – 7 mins

Approx. March, 2007
U.S. strategy in Iraq – 50 minutes

James Fallows from The Atlantic Monthly talks about lessons learned in Vietnam and the U.S. Military strategy in Iraq with:

Lt. Col. John Nagl, U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Lewis Sorley, U.S. Army (Retired)
Lt. Col. Conrad Crane, U.S. Army (Retired)

About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

2 comments on “Video – Lt. Col. John Nagl – Counter Insurgency Expert

  1. Ian Bach
    October 12, 2007

    I hope you all enjoy and learn from this and the other videos and pass it on to others, and the information you can learn from these videos and articles that I will be posting.


    The 2nd video interviews are very interesting. For many people Vietnam was a military defeat. Yet for a few of us we knew that important lessons had not only been learned, but had been implemented and improved throughout our time there. Yet the lessons learned seemed to be largely shelved and gathering dust.

    About a year and a half ago I remember asking a friend of mine (since childhood an Air Force pilot) if he knew of any of the names of the best counter insurgent experts during Vietnam. He was at a loss and had never learned or studied counter insurgency. So I ended up researching it myself. My awesome friend (who is living my dream – I am color blind so didn’t qualify to fly fighter jets), he is normally very hip on military history and current events. Well maybe I should restate that, He knows his aviation private and public sector history well. But I was discouraged by what I felt was an area the Air Force had not fully grasped yet. Still today in Afghanistan, more so than Iraq, the coalition Air Forces have been failing in regard to properly adapting and changing to meet the terrorist’s tactics.

    About a month ago I had voiced my disappointment to someone in the aerospace field about the current lack of knowledge within US Air Force ranks about counter insurgency methods and tactics (political / military / humanitarian). I was happy to hear from him that the Air Force is now addressing and teaching counter insurgency. But I have yet to hear my Air Force Reserve buddy talk about it, but he won’t be back in Iraq for at least 9 months to a year. We have started to use smaller bombs and less of them. Also these pilots and the men on the ground, weather they are on the front line calling in an air strike or at command posts, or in the air do everything they can to try and limit the damage. But it takes 15 minutes, from the time the call for an air strike goes out, till the time the pilot drops his bomb. This includes as much as 5 minutes of target identification, verification, and acquisition. But there is room for improvement in this area still. Our military is currently working on new tactics and strategy about how best to use our air power. David Kilcullen addresses this in vague detail in one of the Videos I linked recently.

    Fact is our U.S. Army and Marines are the ones who wrote the current manual that is praised and all the rage in the military community. They have been teaching the methods on a much broader scale then ever before. This started in full scale around the end of 2006. By February or March of 2007 all troops (that were being sent to frontline duty) on their way to the Surge weather it was the troopers 1st Tour or 3rd tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan had at least some training in counter insurgency. Counter Insurgency doctrine has been something that until now was only taught to maybe 10% at the most of our fighting forces. The major troops that received this training in the past were Rangers, Special Forces, etc. The average foot soldier was trained mostly in conventional warfare. The kind of wars where you have tanks what has become know as shock and awe.

    Rumsfeld sucked (he was ignorant and arrogant – not a good combo in counter insurgency) and I blame him (based on the facts I have seen) more than any of the generals or G W Bush.

    It took people like John McCain to get the Bush administration to change direction (well that and the obvious failures that were mounting and growing in number – oh and of course the public view). The “Surge” was called the “McCain Surge” in the Senate. I forget which one of the democrats coined that phrase. – Ian Bach


  2. Retired Army Guy
    October 13, 2007

    Excellent posting…
    LTC Nagl caught flack for the paper that he drew up that critisized the “Cold War Mentality” of current and past Senior Army Leadership. It took real guts.

    He is a rising star in the military and I really enjoyed listening to his passion and professionalism..

    Great post Ian…danke..


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