John J. Pershing
Quite a distinguished gentleman with quite an incredible career. One of only two people to have ever held the rank of General of the Armies of the United States
- the other was George Washington, bestowed the honour only posthumously. I don't know all that much about Pershing and I have no doubt there is no shortage folks out there itching to cut him down to size with hearsay, anecdote and slur (Ralph, this is where you can chime in with one of your "provincial rednecks" rants and look stupid again
). That is no concern of mine. What is however, is this snippet from an unknown journal, of unknown authenticity and unknown origin, yet with plenty of wisdom for our anti-terror warriors -
I have spent the best part of a day trying to track down the source of this with no luck. If anyone could enlighten me, it would be greatly appreciated. The folks at Snopes
doubt the veracity of the story, yet don't dismiss it either - whether he merely threatened to do what is described or actually carried the act out is not known. It does have that unfortunate reek of raw Oath Keeper or misc. American patriot propaganda. But there does appear to be a grain of truth there somewhere and the basic fact remains is that he did stop the Philippines insurgents.
Regardless of authenticity, the only reason his methods aren't in use today is that they make too much sense - and would put all of the professional torturers and psy-ops folks that waste unknown billions of western defense budgets out of business. Folklore about the Israelis doing similar
has also been floating around for years.
The only certainty we have at present is that what all of our western intelligence BigBrains are doing isn't working. Maybe it's time to try another angle...