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Irregular Warfare: One Nature, Many Characters

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In his article, “Irregular Warfare: One Nature, Many Characters[1]” by
Dr Colin Grey, he asserts “that the United States should undertake little irregular warfare. It would be a political and strategic mistake to identify irregular warfare, COIN especially, as America’s dominant strategic future (Grey 1).” I disagree, I would assert that due to the United States’ superior military power and technology, more stable political system (democracy), and globally dominate economy, we can and will, be successful in COIN operations. Examining each of these pillars of power will illustrate the advantage the United States has already demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how these pillars will give us the strategic advantage in irregular
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success rate in COIN operations.

Addressing the pillar of economic power, the CIA world fact book from 2010 reports the United States GDP was 14, 620,000 million dollars and the next closest country was China, which had a GDP of 5,879,100 million dollars. California, Texas, New York, and Florida are all in the top twenty, with the rest of the top twenty being countries, not states (CIA Fact book 4) . The country of Greece has the same economic GDP as the state of Washington, with just over $330 billion a year, while Russia (a definite threat), would most closely compare to the state of Texas with a GDP of approximately $1,233.89 million in 2010. Undoubtedly, the economic prowess of the United States, even during one of the worst recessions in our lifetime, economically crushes all other nations on the world on a global scale. We could impose our economic influence as we did during world war two to really engage in a COIN environment, if we wanted to, but have chosen not to and still achieved relative success (Iraq and Afghanistan).

Former President Jimmy Carter, with respect to our ability to influence based on our economic and technological advantages, offers this counter argument: “Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn 't affect two-thirds of the
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