the playbook

A democratic representative Virginia said this in a tweet, “As a former CIA officer, I know this playbook.” Abigail Spanberger joined the agency in 2006 and worked gathering intelligence on terrorism.

What playbook is she making references to?  Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare, a manual written for the agency for the contras comes to mind. The book focuses on how armed propaganda teams can build support for the contras by deceit, intimidation and violence. The book and its lesson plans were based on an earlier works like Armed Psyop: Implicit and Explicit Terror and Handbook on Aggressor Insurgent War.  The translator objected to two sections of the book, one on hiring professional criminals for special jobs and killing people on one’s own side to make martyrs for the cause.

One part of the book includes the following advice;

[lead] demonstrators into clashes with the authorities, to provoke riots or shootings, which lead to the killing of one or more persons, who will be seen as the martyrs; this situation should be taken advantage of immediately against the Government to create even bigger conflicts.

Maybe the congresswoman had another book in mind, the War of the Flea. Its author analyzed patterns he found in conflict including Cuba, Greece, Israel and Palestine, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The work explains the nature of asymmetrical conflict. A small insurgent group cannot hope to face and defeat a might military power, but it is able to create a ‘climate of collapse.’

The goal is the insurgent group is not to win, but goad the stronger might to respond with a show of force that produces casualties among the innocent.  This of course has the effect of turning the population against the ever more authoritarian state.

The term playbook is used in the history of special operations, The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of Us Warfare.  According to the Perfect Soldier the “playbook” was “used by all post World War II communist guerilla wars.” That book is On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Zedong.

Will the commander and chief send regular troops into US cities?  Here is exactly what the President said, “I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights. …We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now. If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said, referring to himself as “your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”

The President’s words ran under this headline, “Trump says he will deploy military if state officials can’t contain protest violence.” Protest violence sounds like PsyOp terminology.  Immediately after the President finished his speech on the matter, the news commentator called the looting, burning and rioting “unrest.”

People are dying in this “unrest.” How many are hard to say.  In Indianapolis five people were shot in a single night, three of whom died. That was one city on one night. Now the body count is up to something like a dozen.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

                                                                                                      II Timothy 3:1-4

What can we do?  take a lesson out of His playbook

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.                                                                 Philippians 1:9-11

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