Saturday, August 11, 2012

U.S. Army Preparing For Next Civil War?

Some retired Army officer, one Colonel Kevin Benson, has written an article for Small Wars Journal (referenced by the Washington Times) advocating US military preparation for putting down a future rebellion of American citizens.  In other words, some people believe that a new Civil War is possible in our increasingly divided nation, and want to prepare for its suppression.

The Colonel's fictitious scenario involves wicked Tea Partiers taking forcible control of local governments, arresting local politicians and rounding up illegal aliens for deportation.  So far, I'm in with the plan (just kidding).

As our increasingly statist, overreaching federal leviathan slowly imposes socialism on us, removes more of our rights, confiscates our guns and taxes us to the point of desperation, some sort of rebellion is indeed possible (and in my opinion, desirable).  However, such a rebellion, to be effective, should be done through our political leaders at the state level, and preferably in an entirely peaceful manner, such as through nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and even secession.  Of course, it might not remain peaceful, when the federals again try to force their will on the people of the states through armed conflict.

The Washington Times article states:
The article is a choppy patchwork of doctrinal jargon and liberal nightmare. The authors make a quasi-legal case for military action and then apply the Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 to the situation. They write bloodlessly that “once it is put into play, Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas.” They claim that “the Army cannot disappoint the American people, especially in such a moment,” not pausing to consider that using such efficient, deadly force against U.S. citizens would create a monumental political backlash and severely erode government legitimacy.
Yeah, who knows.  It might even lead to secession.

Read it all here. 


  1. my only question would be how many Robt. E Lee's would it produce?

  2. Griper, just one would be great!

  3. Just remember that when we tried this in 1861-1865 where we did not get any external support, we will not get any this time either. Just my thoughts.

    Deo Vindice

  4. This Mississippi gal is wondering when and not if the next US civil war will happen in my lifetime. Keep feeling something bad is headed this way for the US. Something really bad. :(

  5. Sometimes blood in the streets is the only answer

  6. JM, yes, but we have not yet reached that point.