Yanno, they’re just goofin’ around a bit gamin’ out all this as a thought experiment gone wild…but wait: the authors note that these invasion contingencies are “as challenging as they are inescapable”.
‘US Army document on urban warfare advances strategy for “contemporary Stalingrads”, from Eric London, wsws.org, Dec. 21:
“The United States Army War College published a document this month outlining US plans for waging total war in major metropolitan cities around the world.
The 163-page report, “Military Contingencies In Megacities and Sub-Megacities,” is written by two military academics, Dr. Phil Williams and Werner Selle. Employing cold and calculating military jargon, the authors advance proposals that would likely result in nuclear war.”
“It is likely, the article begins, “that the United States will find itself at some point in the not-too-distant future engaged in military contingencies in large cities.” Elsewhere in the document, the authors call the invasion of major world metropolitan cities “as challenging as they are inescapable.”
The document pictures a future filled with historically unprecedented levels of death, destruction and human suffering. Urban warfare “ensures that the battlefield will be densely populated. Civilians will no longer be mere bystanders able to be circumvented or avoided, but an integral component of the battlefield.
The authors recognize that such battles might result in massive civilian and soldier casualties. “Such cautions notwithstanding, an inhibition cannot be allowed to become a prohibition. If there is a highly compelling strategic rationale for action, the United States might not have the luxury of avoiding the dangers of an urban contingency.”
The headings are alarming as hell, and I’ll just try to paste in the essence of each.
– Preparing for “contemporary Stalingrads”
“The authors explain that such “contemporary Stalingrads” would occur primarily in poor cities—what the military refers to as “fragile” or “feral” cities as opposed to more developed, “smart” cities. The destruction of the poorer neighborhoods will be a necessary component of “pacifying” the population.
“Given the trends in urbanization, especially in the global south and the concomitant problems of instability and fragility, it is more likely that the US Army will find itself in a fragile or feral megacity than in a smart city.”
– US military strategy: “Bulldoze the slums” and target poor and working class districts
“Large slums and shantytowns in impoverished cities present a unique challenge to American invasion:
“Megacities and dense urban areas also contain numerous slums or ‘sheet metal forests,’ which are very different from ‘concrete canyons’ [i.e., commercial centers]…These areas can provide significant concealment to the adversaries and even become strong operational bases. Apart from moving the population out and bulldozing the slum, there is very little that can be done.”
Poor young males will be targeted as they will likely become terr’ists or gang members; an alternative is to ally with ‘alternative governance’, with the explicit understanding that the military would turn a blind eye to their criminal organizations and ‘illicit businesses’. Or as London says: “…the military proposes to either bulldoze the slums or to give criminal gangs free rein to rape, kidnap, kill, extort, and sell into slavery the most impoverished and defenseless section of the population.” USA! USA!
– Crushing “civil unrest” and “anarchy”
“Citing post-Katrina New Orleans, the authors note how easily civil unrest can turn a ‘fragile city into a feral one’, given that class conflict act as a disrupting force to eventual pacification or even ‘disaster relief’, so yanno: cyberspace must be controlled to avoid exploitation by citizen journalists, i.e.: kill all internet communication and cell services. That scheme seems to be operative in DCR Congo this week. ‘Dominating infrastructure w/ a very complete list folowing.
“The war college authors praise an Israeli Defense Force commander who wrote that during its 2002 attack on the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank city of Nablus, the IDF “used none of the city’s streets, roads, alleys or courtyards, or any of the external doors, internal stairwells and windows, but moved horizontally through walls and vertically through holes blasted in ceilings and floors. This form of movement, described by the military as ‘infestation,’ seeks to redefine inside as outside, and domestic interiors as thoroughfares. The IDF’s strategy of ‘walking through walls’ involves a conception of the city as not just the site but also the very medium of warfare—a flexible, almost liquid medium that is forever contingent and in flux.”
– Mass surveillance
London again: “In other words, the US military will spy on the entire population of the cities it plans on invading, using drones and cell phones as real-time “sensors” to monitor entire populations. “Human intelligence” refers to the use of informants and government agents to infiltrate political groups and communities in order to suppress opposition.”
– Censorship and “the battle of the story”
From the Plan:
“In the final analysis, the battle of narratives and the contradictions of security are likely to be at the forefront, especially as the most likely contingencies will be humanitarian or stabilization operations. Moreover, such operations could even take place within the continental United States, as demonstrated by the Los Angeles riots and the responses to Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Presenting a positive image of the military to the American public is indispensable for continued support.”
– The American ruling class prepares for future war crimes
Er…not war crimes by the US, but ‘this manual would be Exhibit A in prosecuting war criminals in the nations that the US military invades because they must, or some such hideous fukkery.
“No corner of the world is free from the threat of US invasion. The document lists several cities—including many in the United States—as hypothetical targets for invasion. Among those cities mentioned in the document are Mumbai, Beijing, Rome, London, Los Angeles, Abuja, Baltimore, San Salvador, Paris, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Dhaka, Nairobi, Delhi, Aleppo, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Frankfurt, Zurich, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, Seoul, Manila, San Francisco, Tehran, Istanbul, Guangzhou-Foshan, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Rangoon, Alexandria, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Kabul, Cairo, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius and Mogadishu.”
A commenter under Dixon’s exposé noted: ‘The Pentagon made a short movie presentation/sales pitch of this roadmap for future wars of aggression.’
have you been naughty…or have you been nice?
Unintentional self-parody: gang-banger homies?