Originally Posted by jones4stangs
Interesting term, but isn't it easier just to call them terrorist? This term makes it sound like there is a method behind there madness.
Not all of it is just random dudes blowing up the first American truck they see.
You can call them whatever you want but don't think they don't know what they're doing. The guys actually blowing themselves up might be retreads of the highest degree but you'd be a fool to think that there's no encouragement or directives given from people who actually do know how strategy works.
However, a fourth generation war is most successful when the non-state entity does not attempt, at least in the short term, to impose its own rule, but tries simply to disorganize and delegitimize the state in which the warfare takes place. The aim is to force the state adversary to expend manpower and money in an attempt to establish order, ideally in such a highhanded way that it merely increases disorder, until the state surrenders or withdraws.
The concept of "4GW" shows that it may look unorganized and a bit "Bad-News-Bears-ish", but there is a valid strategy behind the "insurgency."
Whether or not you agree with what got us there is a bit moot right now. Maybe it was shitty, maybe it was unjustified... whatever. But guess what; "Sorry, we'll go home now," isn't going to smooth anything over.
We're there and we don't have a time machine, and I think most of us would agree that leaving that region at this point in time would do nothing but bring a world of pain down the road.