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GOP Failure, Strategy, and Tactics

The party chose a strategy that required unity, which they didn't have.

by
Allen B. West

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October 18, 2013 - 6:54 am

This week, we watched the Congress of the United States enact another last-minute, “kick the can down the road” piece of legislation. Congress reopened the government — well, 17% of it — and extended the ability to borrow more money to pay for money that has been borrowed. And in usual congressional fashion, we will have to repeat this theater of the absurd before January 15 when government funding runs out, and before February 7, my 53rd birthday, for the debt ceiling.

There can be no doubt that the American people lost in every way in this debacle. Worst of all, our children and grandchildren must shoulder this mountain of fiscal irresponsibility.

Also, there can be no debate that the Republican Party came out of this episode disjointed and weak. President Obama and the Democrats, although wrong in every way, emerge seemingly more popular.

Why? It all comes down to strategy and tactics combined with the ability to effectively communicate.

The efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are wholeheartedly admirable and valiant. However, being a student of military strategy and tactics, their vision of “defunding” Obamacare reminded me of Operation Market Garden from September 1944 during World War II.

Field Marshal Montgomery envisioned cutting off Germany’s industrial base and advancing across the Rhine in the north. It would require the successful seizure and holding of several key bridges over rivers and canals. British General Horrocks’ XXX Corps was the primary ground force. The operation was, and still is, the largest airborne operation ever conducted. The mission of the airborne forces was to secure the series of bridges enabling the armored corps to punch through.

However, at one place, Arnhem, the British 1st Airborne Division encountered a stronger German force. Actually, they were dropped right on top of a German armored force due to bad intelligence.

Operation Market Garden was a brilliant concept and estimations were that it would end the war before winter. It failed. Subsequently, Germany would plan and launch their own final offensive into the Ardennes forest in December 1944. The German offensive was highly successful and caught the American Army by surprise. The stalwart stand of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne and the ensuing attack by General Patton’s 3rd Army, the successful Battle of the Bulge, turned the tide and a depleted German Army would soon surrender.

The Cruz-Lee strategy of defunding Obamacare was a bridge too far. The focus should have been narrower in focus and used President Obama’s own language of delay to support the delay of the individual mandate. The strategy should have highlighted the “fairness” issue of the administration granting thousands of waivers and exemptions, including to Congress and the White House.

Just as Operation Market Garden depended upon coordination between airborne and armored forces, the Cruz-Lee strategy depended upon conservative and moderate GOP support to be successful.

Now, the GOP must be prepared for the reaction. Just as the Germans launched their Ardennes offensive, the Democrats sense an opportunity to exploit a defeated GOP (and of course, no comparison between Democrats and Nazis is intended beyond strategy). President Obama and the Democrats’ strategy is evident: divide and destroy the GOP in order to secure the House and Senate for the last two years of the Obama presidency.

Does the GOP have a tough, intransigent BG McAuliffe, who even when surrounded at Bastogne refused to surrender? Does the GOP have visionary leaders like Generals Eisenhower and Bradley? Does the GOP have an aggressive field commander like a General Patton?

My recommendation? The Republican Party needs a weekend leadership retreat to the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, to learn a little about strategy and tactics.

Prior to joining PJ Media, Congressman Allen West served 22 years in the U.S. Army before being elected to the House of Representatives by the constituents of Florida's 22nd district. Throughout his time in Congress, West consistently stood for policies that would make the United States prosperous, strong and free, even when speaking up was not easy. In January 2013, he joined PJ Media as the Director of Next Generation Programming where he is leading the effort to develop new Internet TV shows and other media that can be viewed onNextGeneration.TV starting in February 2013. Congressman West received his Bachelor's degree while at the University of Tennessee and later went on to earn a Master's degree from Kansas State University, both in political science. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military operations.

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Ted Cruz was William Wallace standing alone in the middle of the battlefield vainly waving the signal flag for the "nobles" (McCain-McConnell-et al) to attack Longshank's (Dear Leader) flankS....but Longshanks had paid the "nobles" off to abandon Wallace, because he knew Wallace was the only man who could defeat him and the "nobles" were corrupt and had been bought off in the past. Sadly, although a fictional account very loosely based upon historic figures, our "leaders" today are no better than the "nobles" of Braveheart.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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"My recommendation? The Republican Party needs a weekend leadership retreat to the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, to learn a little about strategy and tactics."

Maybe they can learn something from the U.S. Army's 12 year cluster fark in Afcrapistan.

As to myself, I'll go with Ted Cruz and Mile Lee over the Coinster Mad Hatters any day.
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Since we are talking strategy and tactics from a military history standpoint lets be VERY clear on one point.

The strategy failed because THE LEFT FLANK OF THE REPUBLICAN POSITION COLLAPSED!

Commanded by General McCain, the "left" flank was expected to defeat the Democratic Right. Those on the Republican Left....those who pride themselves on their ability to "reach across the aisle" were expected to parley that ability to deliver a few, a handful, of Democrats. But apparently "reaching across the aisle" only means that they will occasionally side with Democrats. It does NOT mean that they have the ability or the inclination to get some (any) Democrats to side with them!!!

So the left flank of the Republican position surrendered without firing a shot. Actually ... Truth be told ... They DID fire shots. Emptied magazines in fact - but into the backs of those struggling mightily on the Republican Right flank!!!

And so, like the Spartans before them, traitors from within guided the enemy around the left flank and Thermopylae was lost.

One can only hope that there is a Salamis and a Platea in the Republican future.
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sometimes when you fight you lose. then you have to fight again and maybe win. But if you never fight you can never win. We should be discussing what tactics should be used this winter when we fight again.
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This isn't a military campaign! It's an effort to disengage a swath of "uninformed masses of Americans" from Progressive New Left Activist "steam roller" of Marx/Leninist mantras. This "Democratic Socialist's of America" in US Congress' midst of Representatives" is a symptom of a larger planned Cloward-Piven soft "coup d'etat" currently underway. That's what's wrong with America's We The Elite People of culture of corruption in all of Washington DC...career politicians. That' what Rep. Cruz and Lee were railing against. And leave it to the Elite corrupt lawmakers to shrug their shoulders (en mass) and "go along to get along." Wasn't a military campaign...an honest fight of the "truth," something in extremely short supply in all American segments. Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party.
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It is my thought that Anything that Establishment Republicans have said of Ted Cruz could easily be attributed to Other Historical Figures regarding Other “Lost Causes.”

For Example;
"The fact is, if you come up with a strategy that's going to hold up the legitimate powers, and you have no way of winning, you're either a fraud, or you're totally incompetent,"
...Santa Anna referring to Davie Crocket

"The good citizens of this country will pay dearly for these shenanigans, and King Leonidas and his ilk seem not to care the least about it."
...Xerxes

Keep in mind, both of these lost were unwinnable battles facing insurmountable odds, but because these battles were fought and lost the wars were eventually won. And the winning was attributable directly to the Lost Cause battles having been engaged.
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LtCol West, with all due respect I disagree with your analysis. The problem with the Republican party is not so much a case of bad tactics or disunity as it is a case of no balls.

There is not much any sane person can admire about the Democrats, but one thing is for sure: they have absolute, cast-iron gall. They don't confuse ends with means and when they want something, they don't care how they get it -- but they're going to get it.

Until we on the right learn to fight with guts, determination and a clear will to win, we're hosed.
1 year ago
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It didn't take me long to find someone who has decided that Alan West is a RINO. This is why I coined the term Kamikaze brigade. The Kamikazes purpose was not to win but die gloriously in the service of the Emperor. This is the position taken by supporters of Cruz and Lee. You fight a lost battle when the gain is greater than the pain. The defunding strategy was doomed from the start because Cruz was relying on the MSM to tell the truth. He got all the pain and none of the gain. Cruz was just like the Allied leadership in World War I they were just one more big push to victory.

Until Conservatives learn how to conduct a Public Affairs campaign in the face a totally hostile MSM they will always loose. I agree with LCOL West. The Republican leadership should spend the next two months getting together an actual strategy rather than relying on Cruz and the Kamikazes.
1 year ago
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"a case of no balls..."
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Can't get those no matter the retreat attended.

1 year ago
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I agree!

It wasn't bad strategy that left Cruz in an indefensible position, but cowardice in the Republican ranks. The Democrats don't need to destroy the Republicans, not when they have traitors like McCain, Graham, and Alexander in the GOP diligently working to undermine anything they try to do.
1 year ago
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Don't forget the wuss-in-chief Bob Corker (everything about him screams "pansy"). Please tell me Tennessee can do better than that invertebrate.
1 year ago
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Opposing Amnesty also requires unity, which the GOP doesnt have. There can be no fillibuster in the Senate on it. And RINOs are itching to please their big business paymasters whilst Democrats are salivating for new dependents and voters, for a permanent majority, One Party Federal Leviathon.
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I've never had military training and it's obvious to me: pick the parts of their programs that are the hardest to defend and pound on those. Don't talk about anything else, don't get distracted. Let them scurry around undoing the damage. There are aspects of almost any issue that have 90% public support- like making Congress live by the laws they pass. Make those ours by bringing them up constantly. Keep it simple and visceral. It's not a debate, it's a skirmish.
1 year ago
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Ted Cruz was William Wallace standing alone in the middle of the battlefield vainly waving the signal flag for the "nobles" (McCain-McConnell-et al) to attack Longshank's (Dear Leader) flankS....but Longshanks had paid the "nobles" off to abandon Wallace, because he knew Wallace was the only man who could defeat him and the "nobles" were corrupt and had been bought off in the past. Sadly, although a fictional account very loosely based upon historic figures, our "leaders" today are no better than the "nobles" of Braveheart.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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Been meaning to tell you this for a while...but love your nom de plume. Drill field, right?
1 year ago
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Not quite...blown off the side of a mountain in Afghanistan - broke my back in three places, fractured my pelvis and shattered my right hip. But, hey, seven surgeries and over two years of therapy and rehab later I can walk and "everything" still works, but officially I am a 'broke d!ck' in Army jargon ;)
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Thanks for your service sir. Were that more of our citizens had your mettle.
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You are very welcome, and thank you for your consideration, but don't call me 'sir' - E-8/1SG (Ret)....I worked for a living ;) I would do it all again in a second to defend what we all hold dear, as I suspect nearly all of my fellow brothers would.
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"My recommendation? The Republican Party needs a weekend leadership retreat to the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, to learn a little about strategy and tactics."

Maybe they can learn something from the U.S. Army's 12 year cluster fark in Afcrapistan.

As to myself, I'll go with Ted Cruz and Mile Lee over the Coinster Mad Hatters any day.
1 year ago
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