Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Hawkins on Gates
William Hawkins (WH) of the U.S. Business and Industry Council echoes my 11 June 2008 sentiments concerning Robert Gates recent firing of two Air Force officials, Washington Times, 26 June 2008, www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/26/balance-of-forces/. WH notes, "The U.S. military must be prepared to fight major wars against regional powers and 'peer competitor' nation-states". What doesn't Gates understand? "There is a lesson from history. The British were the best in the world at fighting 'irregular' wars at the close of the 19th century. ... But when war broke out in Europe in 1914, London could muster only a handful of divisions to help defend France against the German invasion".