The President’s Jesuits: Vietnam and Iraq25 Sep

The President’s Jesuits: Vietnam and Iraq

Krulak Sr ended his career as a three star, commanding Fleet Marine Force Pacific, where he wrote a memo advocating the Combined Action Platoon (CAP), which Bing West chronicled in The Village. But, the successful CAP from Battalion 1/7 was the exception, not the rule. Gannon Sr with his fellow Lieutenant Neil, served in Battalion 1/7 in an attrition war that was staffed by the draft.

After the Vietnam War, its Veterans who stayed on active duty or the Department of Defense, like Gregson, West, Neil, Krulak Jr rebuilt the American military as an all volunteer force with an emphasis on the “Strategic Corporal” in the Three Block War.

In Iraq, counterinsurgency worked in large part because of the Strategic Corporal — in Rifle Company 3/7, Mejia, Bellmont, Milinkovic, and Humphrey. Many of the leading COIN advocates — Toolan, Nagl, West Sr, Dunford, Mujica-Parodi — were Jesuit educated. The Strategic Corporals in the All Volunteer Force were more selective than the Draft Era Vietnam force — better educated, fitter, with fewer legal problems. Though the first three weeks in Iraq were maneuver warfare, the consummation of COIN called for the missionary conviction of Jesuit missionaries — teams of 10 Marines lead by a Sergeant embedded with 100 Iraqi Police in a district of 10,000 citizens, any one of whom could be a Al Qaeda supporter. Under their patron Saint, Mattis, 22 year old Sergeants had become the President’s Jesuits. Indeed, under Toolan in Afghanistan, the Marines would study Heroic Leadership, about the history of the Jesuits, as part of their COIN preparation.

The Small Wars in Anbar, Helmand, and throughout CENTCOM after 9-11 were like Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic in the 1930s. Krulak Sr, Puller, Walt and the Small Wars veterans of the 1930s were the greatest tangible result of the Banana Wars, and carried their experience into a Big War. So too, now, Small Wars Veterans like Mejia, Mattis, Kelly, Dunford, West Jr., Neal, Quinn are tasked with applying the lessons of Fallujah to Ukraine — applying COIN/ Small Wars lessons to possible Big Wars. As Bickel notes in Mars Learning, the most important legacy of the 1930s Small Wars to World War II were the lessons learned by Walt, Krulak Sr, Puller.

As the COIN Veterans of the 9-11 Small Wars carry forward the Small Wars lessons into a likely era of Big Wars in a Clash between the 8 world Civilizations — West, Slavic-Orthodox, Sinic, Japanese, Hindu, Latin American, African, Islam — the main lessons learned from post 9-11 COIN may be these:
Inkspot COIN at the key naval chokepoints that cause shifts in the Global Reserve Currency, like Suez, Malacca, and Hormuz.
The global impact of the Jesuits: possibly in reconciling Eastern and Western Christianity, thus turning Slavic-Orthodox civilization away from an alliance with Sinic and towards the West; and the Jesuits cultural importance in the “swing vote” civilizations in a World War 3, Latin American and Hindu.
9-11 COIN Veterans received the best entrepreneurship training through their military training, and the experience of running a successful counterinsurgency, which may apply to a future Big War between civilizations wherein the most important objectives are networks which control currency.

Gannon Jr. was buried by his uncle, a New York Jesuit, who invoked the heroism of the founder of the Jesuit order, Ignatius, who had undergone Post Traumatic Growth after himself being shot on a battlefield. But Gannon Jr.’s generation of Iraq Marines went on to win their Counterinsurgency, whereas Gannon Sr.’s generation of Vietnam Marines lost their Counterinsurgency due to the dereliction of duty of McNamara and the senior leadership to ignore Krulak Sr’s memorandum advocating the Combined Action Platoon doctrine which had worked in the 1930s Small Wars.

the key to danger close is comparing iraq and vietnam, in the band of brother’s 4 tour progression to the successful adoption of COIN (Iraq) compared with the failed adoption of COIN (Vietnam). The key is the successful adoption of COIN, in contrast to the earlier failure of COIN. The key to the successful adoption of COIN is the Strategic Corporal, made possible by he higher quality NCOs available due to the All Volunteer Force in contrast to the Vietnam era draft military population.

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This is a website for writing a book about Lima Company, 3/7, during 4 deployments to Iraq between 2003 and 2007.


This is a website for writing a book about Lima Company, 3/7, during 4 deployments to Iraq between 2003 and 2007.