2nd Draft,Feb 2017 Edition Self Publish

Post 9-11 Authors30 Jul

The criteria I have as an American for “best writer of the post 9-11 era” is described by Chivers in his post, “one duty that remains is description, the duty of remembering, and listening, and trying to write it down in a fuller context — not the official way, not the pentagon’s version, not the bullshit presentations that get clicks or match what the worst editors play up, but through the minds and experience of the people who shouldered the responsibilities, and took the risks, and still carry the freight, and through their families, who paid too.”

On that criteria, I argue that the best writers of the post 9-11 era are:
1. Chris Christopher Chivers
2. Owen West, The Snakeeaters
3. Bing West, No True Glory, One Million Steps, and other books

Of these, West Jr. is the one who is actually out there doing it as a USG employee, as a ASD SOLIC.

In broad terms, the best guide to US Foreign Policy as it is now and as it would be in a near peer war are the 13 books of Bing West Sr and Jr for several reasons.

If we Americans and Westerners have to fight a full blown near peer war, or as is more likely, we continue to fight hybrid wars in the grey zone (reference, the economist special on the future of war, January 2018), the most important capability is that American “regular” infantry/ combat arms advise much larger foreign, allied forces, e.g., a USMC Infantry Rifle Squad advises a foreign battalion (which would normally be a special forces mission, but as of December 2017 according to DoD email releases, these are missions that “regular” American forces can do because of capabilities like UAV. Owen West’s The Snakeeaters focuses on the adviser mission, done by an ad hoc team of reservists; the long lineage of the West’s writing about distributed operations and COIN, starting with The Village about a CAP (Combined Action Platoon) in 1966-1968 supports West Jr.’s compelling book.

2nd Draft,Feb 2017 Edition Self Publish

Introduction August 2017 – Reverse Order of Chapters28 Aug

November 2017

“Pass in review!”

CHAOS stood at attention beside BGen Jurney, the former CO of 1/6 in Ramadi between 3/7’s two pumps when Jimmy Webb served like Webb Sr in a counterinsurgency fight. 498 young Marines, the honor man of each Platoon of 80 Marines wearing the Blue Dress uniform, marched past the de facto most powerful man in the world OCONUS, who in 1968 had enlisted, only to become an officer in 1971. Having stood post on the DMZ with his counterpart weeks earlier; having attended conferences with his counterparts in the Philippines where the ISIS squirters from CENTCOM had started a new fight in Marawi; having inspected NATO allied soldiers in Poland, CHAOS knew: in a new near peer war, we will do COIN again, but inkspot COIN, and we are going to need a lot more than the 10 divisions that America has on active duty; we are going to need to do the advisory mission that Owen West did in OIF, but we are going to have to be prepared to advise 50-100 allied divisions in SOUTHCOM, AFRICOM, PACOM, CYBERCOM across allied cultures primarily Hindu, Japanese, Latin American, African. Kaplan was right in Monsoon — the IO may be the most important body of water in the world in this century; whether his theories were politically correct, Huntington was right in Clash of Civilizations, as Wilson and Lind had predicted in the Marine Corps Gazette in their 4th Generation Warfare articles in the 1990s; Krulak Sr was right to focus on 3 block war with the strategic corporal in the littoral megacities in the 1990s. The key passages from 7000 volumes of books flashed through CHAOS brain housing group, as the Privates and Privates First Class, marched in front of CHAOS who never forgot where he started, modeling the humble but willful heroic leadership of a Jesuit General who put the good of his organization, America, under her Constitution, ahead of himself. Smiling broadly afterwards, he told the hats and the newly minted Marines to “call me Jim.”

August 2017

CHAOS returned to Iraq, looking at the world not as a General, but as a Mr, albeit a cabinet level Secretary. 1st Marine Division had been promoted through the ranks, with the the former 1st Mar Div Assistant Division Commander now Chief of Staff of the Jesuit educated President, who had been trained in college to follow the recommendations of the Priest-Professors at Fordham; Fighting Joe of RCT 5 was now again, Mattis’ main effort, patrolling the most danger AO, in the Pacific, sitting beside the head of state of a near peer, conducting diplomacy. Former 1stMardiv ADC Kelly had enforced staff discipline when a White House strategist had erroneously suggested that America might pull out of South Korea, which was not on the same sheet as DoD. “Beside you all, I’d do it again,” the words echoed through two decades, as the former Commanding General inspected Marines near Husaybah — still in enemy hands, but not for long — now manning distributed artillery, recon, and fire support units. Another early and effective COIN adopter, H.R. McMaster, of Tal Afar — not to mention 73 Easting in Desert Storm — had become the National Security Adviser, now the undisputed senior military strategic adviser to the President in JFK’s well disciplined White House; Top level Presdiential Dereliction of Duty of duty would be avoided in this now longest war in American history because McMaster and Kelly would apply the lessons of Vietnam, which had prevented Krulak Sr from earning his 4th Star and the title of Commandant of the Marine Corps, which would wait for his son, who would become the father of 3 block war and strategic corporals in the megacities. Bing West’s son, now the author of 3 books, the last one, The Snakeeaters, the definitive account of the advisor mission — was waiting for Congressional approval of his post as Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Ops. Here I am again, thought CHAOS, surrounded by Jesuit educated Irishmen in a small command element, out on the edge of the Empire.

In the Corps, Neil, now a Lieutenant Colonel, and Mejia, now a Gunnery Sergeant, continued to apply the lessons of Husaybah and Fallujah to ever more challenging Ukraine scenarios. The M27IAR had replaced the heavier, hard to maneuver in trenches M249 SAW, now with a suppressor and ACOG, the same optical scope that the Lima 3/7 Marines had relied upon in their 2003-2007 fights. HK’s more reliable gas system and meticulous German craftsmanship had replaced the M16 gas system originally designed by Eugene Stoner in the 1960s to result in a more accurate and reliable weapon, which was becoming the Corps’ de facto designated marksman rifle, to include a suppressor in experiments with Battalion 3/5, and likely in the future for every Marine. Now that every Marine was on the way to being armed with the same weapon that a Navy SEAL used to kill Bin Laden, so too every “regular” Marine and Army unit was on the way to being a possible advisor to a foreign unit in the model of Lima 3/7 from the 2007 Ramadi deployment, following the doctrine-literature of West, The Village (Vietnam), The Snakeeaters (Iraq). Most experienced American JTACs had experience calling for air from a mixed section of AH-1s/ UH-1s, or a General Atomics Predator with the long loiter time and highest in Department of Defense reliability rate, carrying the Lockheed Martin Hellfire or a family of increasingly small weapons like the Raytheon Griffin, based on the Javelin anti-tank missile which filled the sweet spot where Special Operators loved to carry the tank killing weapon with a fire and forget warhead with a portable, highly useful optical package. Most of the Lima 3/7 Veterans had left the Corps, but the ones who stayed, were, like their Small Wars veteran counterparts of post Nicaragua, Haiti, and Dominican Republic the living conduit of lessons learned for the majority of new Marines just making their first deployments.




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.