Tequila Junction: 4th-Generation Counterinsurgency

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
Leatherneck
[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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963869517
  • Publisher: Posterity Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2008
  • Edition description: 74 illustrations
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 806,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Acknowledgments
 
Part One: A Dire Emergency in the Americas
Chapter 1: Dope Dealers, Gangs, Islamists, or Maoists?
Chapter 2: Cuba, the Caribbean, and Venezuela
Chapter 3: The Guianas, Brazil, and Paraguay
Chapter 4: Uruguay, Argentina, and Bolivia
Chapter 5: Chile, Peru, and Ecuador
Chapter 6: Colombia and Panama
Chapter 7: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras
Chapter 8: El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
 
Part Two: The Urgent Need for a New U.S. Strategy
Chapter 9: The 4GW Difference in Latin America
Chapter 10: Undermining the Proxy Coalition
Chapter 11: A Quasi-Military Solution Required
Chapter 12: What's Not in the Military Manuals
 
Part Three: 4GW Counterinsurgency Techniques
Chapter 13: Best 4GW Defense Is Locally Tailored
Chapter 14: Deep Interdiction
Chapter 15: Buffer Zones
Chapter 16: Working a Heavily Populated Area
 
Afterword
Appendix: Bottom-Up Training
 
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
About the Author
Name Index
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