Saturday, April 12, 2008

Patriot Games

"A heavily armed SWAT team races toward two adobe houses where terrorists are holed up, according to reports from a confidential informant. The troopers smash down the door of one, blow open two doors of the other and disappear inside."

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how we respond to them

--Epictetus, from The Enchiridion

If they move, kill 'em

--The Wild Bunch

There's no business like show business

Like no business I know

The costumes, the scenery, the makeup, the props

The audience that lifts you when you're down

--There's No Business, Like Show Business
Annie Get Your Gun


Here we go again -- the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) is alive and well in der Homeland. Note in the lead paragraph how police SWAT team members morph into "troopers" smashing down doors. Even mainstream TIME accepts this transmutation as normal (Postcard: Playas. How the war on terrorism saved one desert outpost.")

"Instructor Ron Haskins, a former Green Beret, warns, 'We want to get the terrorists when they're recruiting, planning, training, preparing, because once they start, they're going to blow themselves up in some way.'"

Even with a former Green Beret instructor and a training scenario indicating terrorists are using the site as a base, the SWAT team makes an error: It is not tactically acceptable to approach a suspected terrorist strongpoint without a proper base of fire or a detailed tactical plan based upon reliable intelligence as to the group's capabilities.

In addition, all four of the police are bunched up. One rifleman with a bolt-action deer rifle could neutralize the entire team, which is exposed in open ground without much cover and concealment.

Remember, terrorists have AK-47's, crew-served machine guns, sniper rifles, RPG's, explosives and all the goodies, so why is the team not employing "fire and maneuver" or a traveling over watch? Terrorists will have inner and outer security measures designed to neutralize police approach to their stronghold.
Surely a former Green Beret should know this.

"The townspeople take patriotic pride in their remote lives. 'I feel very confident in this course,' says Haskins. 'I like what we're doing for America.'"

And what precisely is this town doing for America? They are allowing a former Green Beret instructor do a half-assed job of militarizing homeland police forces.

Welcome to the People's Hemi-Democratic Republic of America. I sure am sleeping better at night knowing that policemen across the U.S. are playing soldier.

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Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

agreed ranger, were i on the other side, those are exactly the tactics i would wish them to employ.

although i would most likely have salted the yard with some cell phone triggered surprises. when they bunch up like that it's easier to conserve munitions.

Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 10:41:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Bunched up like they are;4 rounds from a model 70 winchester, cal. your choice.
If these were terrorist digs they'd be gone when the police arrive.It wouldn't be a replay of Waco.

Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 12:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Rick98C said...

Maybe they aren't using proper tactics because they won't need them against the people they are actually training to deal with.

Thought criminals and defeatists usually don't think too much about perimeter defense.

Monday, April 14, 2008 at 9:57:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

that's the point; these heroes are training up for the Terrorist threat.whatever that means.
Btw; ideally a team should dismount and approach tactically or they become targets BEFORE they dismount. jim

Monday, April 14, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM GMT-5  

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