First, the US Army Doctrine and Training Command website is closed to all of us mere mortals who inhabit the United States as citizens. There is however a glimpse into the mindset of the folks who guide the process of training for the US Army available to view and read. At Small Wars Journal
, the "stakeholders" in small wars are able to publish articles and posit objectives and methods of managing the business of "small wars'.
Small wars are defined in the Small Wars Manual (circa 1940) as:
Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation.
The furor racing across many of the blogs
which concern themselves
with the Federal Government overstepping its authority are discussing one article co-written by Col. Kevin Benson
, Ret. and Jennifer Weber.
The article, titled: "Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future" lays out a possible scenario, in the year 2016, of what is being described as insurrection; with the protagonists being a group identified as "extremist militia" and carrying the objectives of the Tea Party movement.
The genesis of the insurrection is posited as being a continuance of the Great Recession of the 21st Century, along with a shift in the national balance of power (in 2012) towards an administration which has eliminated the federal subsidies for relief (of suffering?) and boosting the economy. With 2016 showing some signs of a healthier economy, but the tax burden of the lower and middle classes are still very high, and unemployment is still high also. For the full scenario, the articles website
runs through the entire gamut of the class warfare which is being used throughout the article's scenario.
The bottom line is that Darlington, South Carolina is taken over by the extremists, the local government is given the boot and the Governor of South Carolina does nothing publicly, but does seek federal help in putting down the insurrection.
Col. Benson and Ms. Weber, then take the position that it would be possible and legal for the President of the United States, under the aegis of the Attorney General to use the American military might to put down the insurrection, and establish control of the city of Darlington, despite the Posse Commitatus Act
One issue many in the Tea party have with the scenario is to be lumped in with the various fringe groups with known difficulties as regards living in a civilized society. Groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, "militia's" and what is described as anti-immigrants, i.e. The Minutemen, and other "right-wing groups".
The characterization of those who:Seek an end to ILLEGAL immigration, is blatantly politicizing a National security issue, while training officers in the Army to accept the definitions of what might constitute "domestic terrorism"
Vilifying those whose most ardent request is a return to using the Constitution as an actual governing document as co-equal with radical southern Democrat Ku Klux Klansmen is both tacky and dishonest.
The blatant hypocrisy of such a Left Wing stance being taught to Army officers studying at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan is tantamount to indoctrination of a branch of the military.
For some Americans the larger issue is the acceptance of individuals in the political realm of the legality, and the feasibility of using the United States military against the citizens of this nation.
And it brings to mind why the current U.S. Regime might be so unwilling to step into the civil war in Syria.
If the politicians are considering the possibility of an upcoming American Civil War III, it would be unhelpful to have Russia or China aiding and arming the "rebels"
The Insurrection Act
of 1807 is given a full explanation at Cornell University Law School.
(From Title 10 US Code the President may use the militia or Armed Forces to:
§ 331 – Suppress an insurrection against a State government at the request of the Legislature or, if not in session, the Governor.
§ 332 – Suppress unlawful obstruction or rebellion against the U.S.
§ 333 – Suppress insurrection or domestic violence if it (1) hinders the execution of the laws to the extent that a part or class of citizens are deprived of Constitutional rights and the State is unable or refuses to protect those rights or (2) obstructs the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.)