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Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Required Reading

    I rate this book five stars for the audience it was intended: warriors. This book is one of the MUST read selections in the wide array of books about the Global War on Terror. John Poole pitches this book at the level of understanding of the meanest private and he doesn't pull any punches. He calls a spade a spade. While we are the best trained heavy infantry and armor force in the world, we are not a match for the 10 meter 4th Generation elusive enemy. John Poole clearly illustrates this thesis with many examples. Poole is perhaps the most experienced infantry trainer in America with combat experience in Vietnam. He is a student of history, and he has written 4 books on the subject of tactics at close range. He knows war, including 4th generation war, backwards and forwards, top to bottom. If we can accept that because of our top-down directed training schedules, cram packed with road marches, mechanized gunnery tables, National Training Center/Joint National Training Center routines, are ill-spent time adhering to strict conventional doctrines and policies, it is easy to see how we become predictable to a 4th generation warrior. John Poole suggests a bottoms-up approach to training in order to begin to be able to evolve training techniques to fight this type of war. This is the only way we can adapt and evolve. It is the way that our own light infantry can get ahead of the jihaadist OODA Loop cycles with our own and drive a wedge between the jihaadists and the mass of the Islamic population. The generals have yet to learn that this is a company, platoon, squad war and that they are cast in a supporting role. There are no Pattons on this battlefield. The Administration has yet to learn that our high technology is in a supporting role to aid the troopers on the ground, and that there is no technical panecea. Part of this bottoms-up training for our soldiers is an understanding of the enemy and how he trains. Poole provides Cultural Intelligence 101 in this book. The enemy has training, but not nearly as much as we do, we should have a decided advantage if we trained on the right things. We can beat him at his own game, but it will take an entirely different approach, a totally different type of training. The jihaadist training is practical and directed, and the training center for the jihaadists has moved from Afghanistan, Sudan, and Lebanon to the battlefields in Iraq. U.S. soldiers patrolling inside vehicles are only providing the jihaadists with easy targets. Living behind Green Zones is only providing the jihaadist easy targets. And killing civilians by using our less-than-precision weapons is what they want us to do. We have to learn to fight the three block war all over with a different mind-set. There are many many pearls of wisdom in this book, but you may not like reading some of them. If it causes you to think, however, then the effort is more than worthwhile. Read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2005

    A comprehensive, revealing Insight into the Muslim World

    This is a MUST read for all Military personnel including students at all four academies. It is a complete and analytical review of the thoughts, the beliefs and the tactics of the Muslim world. This is a superb and comprehensive study and those who read it will realize the real terror the world faces. John Poole, you have given us real food for thought and action. Vice Adm Thomas R. Sargent, USCG(Ret)

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