Wednesday , July 24 2024


We (Americans) don’t seem to do “interim” very well. We are totally tits at accomplishing specific tasks – deposing evil regimes, incapacitating opposing militaries, yanking down odious statues – with efficiency and alactrity, but seem to drift when the mission isn’t well defined, as during “interim” periods such as Iraq’s, between war and functioning self-rule. Victor Davis Hanson has a suggestion:

    As was the case in Afghanistan, our victory in Iraq was achieved so quickly that most enemies were more likely to run or surrender than fight, thus allowing a number either to drift back within the civilian landscape or fool themselves into thinking we were far from being exacting victors. What a funny world for a soldier fighting Americans: One day in a trench can get you blown to smithereens by a GPS bomb; the next, after surrendering, you are ensured of impunity in a street rally to throw rocks at Americans before international cameras.

    To meet such challenges, perhaps it is time to create a permanent division-strength body of peacekeepers, police, and civilian reconstructionists. Their duties would be to follow the military into captured enemy cities and – within a matter of days, if not hours, rather than the current months – hunt down government criminals in hiding, keep order and security, provide the populace with food and water, resurrect infrastructure and utilities, and begin near-immediate resumption of television, radio, and newspapers. [National Review]

This would turn what is now a gray area of conflicting responsibilities and political maneuvers into hard, specific tasks, our military’s greatest strength. Rock on VDH.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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