Tequila Junction: 4th-Generation Counterinsurgency

Tequila Junction: 4th-Generation Counterinsurgency

by H. John Poole, Michael Leahy

Wondering why so much inexpensive white heroin is now reaching U.S. streets? Read this book. Drugs produce big money, and big money ... political leverage. Only five "rightist" regimes now remain in the Western Hemisphere. Peru was last to elect a leftist president, and Mexico will be next. Al-Qaeda has had nothing to do with this. Herein lies the culprit


Wondering why so much inexpensive white heroin is now reaching U.S. streets? Read this book. Drugs produce big money, and big money ... political leverage. Only five "rightist" regimes now remain in the Western Hemisphere. Peru was last to elect a leftist president, and Mexico will be next. Al-Qaeda has had nothing to do with this. Herein lies the culprit and its localized source of political advisers and campaign funding. Blocking this incursion before it too greatly affects the homeland may take augmenting a few host-country outposts in Colombia, Panama, and Mexico with lone U.S. infantry squads. Part Three has the Unconventional Warfare techniques those squad members will need to vie with many times their number of drug runners and revolutionaries. It also shows how to secretly blanket an area with fire team zones. By closely describing counterinsurgency at the company level and below, this book makes a perfect supplement to the official (higher-echelon) manual.

Editorial Reviews

Australian Army Journal
Poole's methods are an example of a decentralised approach to counterinsurgency that may provide a tactical level solution that ensures we . . . keep the insurgents off balance in Uruzgan [Afghanistan].
Counterterrorist Magazine
The entire Poole series, beginning with 'The Last Hundred Yards' ... through his most recent 'Tequila Junction' ... provide unique insight into terrorists, insurgents, and guerrillas that is underappreciated within defense and security hierarchies.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
More of an intelligence brief [and tactics manual] than a book, 'Tequila Junction' ... warns of the very real threat drug smuggling and communist expansion in Latin America pose to the U.S.... Part Three talks about how specifically to run a fourth-generation counterinsurgency against narco-guerrillas, such as those in Colombia or Afghanistan.
[A] tactical-technique manual for narco-counterinsurgency. Like the FARC in Colombia, the Taliban funds itself through drug production. Thus, the book's later chapters could ... [help U.S. forces] to stabilize Afghanistan.... [P]leased with the factual content.... Always well written and thoroughly researched, this book is ... an outstanding training tool.
Mil. Officers Assn. of America (MOAA) Magazine
'Tequila Junction' is the first narco-counterinsurgency manual to be published in the U.S., so its proposals could help to turn the tide in Afghanistan.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine
'Tequila Junction' is a narco-counterinsurgency manual. Closely following this book's proposals, says H. John Poole, a military author and a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam, should allow U.S. victory in Afghanistan.
Aerospace Daily and Defense Report
Citing the combination of drug smuggling and communist expansion in Latin America as a major threat to the United States, H. John Poole details how ill-equipped the Pentagon and U.S. are for such a showdown with their continuing focus and fascination on technology and weaponry.
Savannah Morning News
A new book--actually, more of a military field-manual -- 'Tequila Junction' by author John Poole -- argues for Washington to refocus on the drug trade in Latin America and its growing ties with nations renown for their connections to insurgencies and terrorists, such as those in Afghanistan.

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Posterity Press
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74 illustrations
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Robert V. Kane
'Tequila Junction' warns of a huge threat to ... the country: the pernicious influence of China ... in Latin America. Through exhaustive research and clear thinking, John Poole details the influence of drug ... smuggling ... [and gives] our military a clear way of combatting this problem ... with light infantry acting like police: convert[ing] enemies instead of killing them. This is a must read for all levels of the military (Robert V. Kane, publisher emeritus of Presidio Press).
William S. Lind
While the U.S. is focused on conflicts half a world away, Fourth Generation war is coming through our back door. As always, John Poole offers the best small-unit tactics and techniques for meeting the new 4GW threat (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Kim B. Holien
[E]excellent new book detailing how ... how America's enemies thrive on the chaos caused by drugs, terrorism and unrest. The lessons of ... the Marines' ... CAP program point the way to victory (Kim B. Holien, professional military historian).
Ray L. Smith
Recalling my exploits as a PFC and then alone [as a young officer] as Vietnam was falling, I can see that Poole is right. Only through the initiative ... of hundreds of tiny and well-dispersed U.S. enlisted contingents will we be able to stabilize a worldwide insurgency.... Poole's ... new training method [in the book's annex] should ... be seriously considered by all U.S. combat commanders.... I highly recommend this book to all U.S. military professionals (Ray L. Smith, former commander of Camp Lejeune).
John H. Admire
Our current threat is multi-dimensional and multi-directional.... John Poole, cautions us to broaden our concerns beyond our ... distant threats to those much closer to home. The thought-provoking premise of 'Tequila Junction' warns us of a global insurgency emerging to operate from within (John H. Admire, former commander of 1st Marine Division).
Thomas R. Sargent
[T]his book describes a growing trend in the Western Hemisphere that bears serious consequences ... if it is not addressed soon.... The research is amazing and the bibliography extensive (Thomas R. Sargent, frigate commander at the Battle of Leyte Gulf).
Anthony C. Zinni
John Poole has written a thought-provoking and intriguing work in 'Tequila Junction.' He has masterfully made the case for attention and action toward threats being ignored due to our myopic focus on Islamic extremism. This is another exceptional volume to add to his superb collection of works dealing with the new forms of conflict we face (A.C. Zinni, former head of CENTCOM).

Meet the Author

Through an inverted military career, H. John Poole has discovered a few things that more promotable people miss. After spending his first two years as a combat commander, he did his last seven as an enlisted tactics instructor. That allowed him to see why U.S. troops have always had so much trouble outmaneuvering their immediate adversaries. Their tactical techniques (like football plays) are quite simply outmoded. These U.S. small-unit maneuvers are so unlikely to surprise anyone as to be "premachinegun" in format. This oversight on the part of their commanders and how to compensate for it forms the framework of Poole's work.

Since retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, Poole has has traveled extensively in both Communist and Islamist worlds. He has also written 10 other tactics/intelligence supplements and conducted multiday training sessions for 40 U.S. battalions, 9 schools, and 7 special operations units. As most U.S. intelligence personnel know too little about the Eastern thought process and evolution of squad tactics, these supplements provide currently deployed GIs with a rare glimpse into their enemies' intentions. Since 2000, Poole has done research in Russia, Mainland China (twice), North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India (three times), Pakistan (three times), Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, and Venezuela. Over the course of his lifetime, he has further traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and most of the Western Hemisphere. He has lived (or been stationed) in Mexico, Panama, Vietnam, and Japan. Between early tours in the Marine Corps (from 1969 to 1971), Poole worked as a criminal investigator for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI). After attending the State Police Academy, he worked out of the IBI's Chicago office.

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