The Washington Times has a nice summary of the garbage published by the Small Wars Journal (SJA): http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/aug/7/the-civil-war-of-2016/
For those that don’t know the story, a senior militar officer teamed up with a historian recently to publish an article detailing how the US military could be used to conduct combat operations against Americans. The fact that the Pentagon brass is wasting their time wargaming scenarios for the domestic use of military force means it is absolutely on their agenda and is chilling. It is disturbing colonels are more concerned with turning guns on Americans than say the North Koreans. The fact the writers used the “Tea Party,” a group that has never committed a single act of violence or suggested one is very telling. Instead of using a more likely scenario such as a region of the south-west breaks away and claims it is now a part of Mexico or some left-wing eco-terrorists take over an area, they intentionally chose to fabricate and perpetuate a political storyline and stereotype. What’s worse is that the underlying cause for the use of military force is a citizens revolt against the excesses of a tyrannical government and the military’s answer seems to default to brutally cracking down on it. This is ironic in light of how our media has painted the peoples’ wars against dictators in Egypt, Libya, and Syria as just and worthy of our military’s support. It would appear then that our military now serves to topple foreign dictators for freedom except when it’s the United States government in question. There should be no doubt that this article was submitted to test the acceptance level within the military ranks to the idea of conducting offensive combat operations against Americans.
As I read this article in the SWJ, one obvious conclusion became apparent about the senior DoD thinkers. Specifically, the brass apparently has learned NOTHING from the last decade of fighting insurgencies around the globe. Even the suggestion the proper course of action to deal with civil disorder should be a full military combat operation is absurd. It is probably the worst course of action unless you want to spark a full civil war or at least a full-blown insurgency. Apparently, the generals think it wise to try to promote jobs and build infrastructure in Afghanistan to overcome and insurgency, but in their backyard, the answer is to shoot our citizens now. Usurpers and tyrants are the historical enemies of Americans…NOT the people. Anyone that tries to pervert that concept and flip it on its head is the enemy Colonel!
You should have no doubt that if the brass are writing on this from the war colleges, they are seriously contemplating the action. A dedication of professional time to it alone constitutes a traitorous act of sedition from within the military, but in practice is an undoubted litmus test for the readiness of the military to turns its guns on the homeland. The officer corps needs to be cognizant of this treachery and collectively and intellectually make it well-known that in no way shape or form would they consent to these actions as acceptable or legal and would not follow any orders of the such as they are illegal and illegitimate. This needs to transcend to operations policy and plans as well as down to the doctrine at the tactical level. Unless our officers educate our 18 year olds that their Constitutional oath does not cover killing Americans to protect a regime…in fact the exact opposite, they have failed in their responsibilities.