Asymmetric Warfare And Apple Pie

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Asymmetric warfare is as alien to average 21st century Americans as the Martian landscape.

Yet it is a term more readily heard in the media nowadays promulgated by the nations defense planners and used quite frequently in reference to the war on terrorism.

Asymmetric warfare is simply the application of unique, creative, and unconventional methods with the intention to defeat a numerically and technologically superior enemy. It takes many forms including combat and psychological warfare.

The 9/11 attacks and bombing of the U.S.S Cole were examples of applying this type of warfare as were the recent verbal assaults by Venezuelan and Iranian presidents upon the United States at the UN.

Although asymmetric warfare has its roots as far back as the Trojan Campaign in Ancient Greece and Hannibals assault on Rome, it was Americans that brought it to a fine art form, if not a pure science.

Some have said that asymmetric warfare is as American as apple pie.

Very few military historians would dispute that the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War and the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War fostered forms of asymmetric war at...

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