Sunday, February 19, 2012
These are the written orders from George Washington regarding the Iroquois, many of whom were aligning with the British:
Orders of George Washington to General John Sullivan, at Head-Quarters May 31, 1779
The Expedition you are appointed to command is to be directed against the hostile tribes of the Six Nations of Indians, with their associates and adherents. The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements, and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible. It will be essential to ruin their crops now in the ground and prevent their planting more.
I would recommend, that some post in the center of the Indian Country, should be occupied with all expedition, with a sufficient quantity of provisions whence parties should be detached to lay waste all the settlements around, with instructions to do it in the most effectual manner, that the country may not be merely overrun, but destroyed.
But you will not by any means listen to any overture of peace before the total ruinment of their settlements is effected. Our future security will be in their inability to injure us and in the terror with which the severity of the chastisement they receive will inspire them.
For those who contend that scorched Earth and CV tactics don't work, only inflame the population and make them more determined: They work, and they do make the enemy more determined. But, they also destroy the enemy's will and ability to make war, if done properly. Yes, the Iroquois warriors in the few years following the Sullivan Expedition made attacks, but they were never again a force of war. Sherman's tactics worked, and Lincoln won. Ghengis Khan lived his quote: The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy, to drive him before you, to see his cities reduced to ashes, to see those who love him shrouded in tears, and to gather into your bosom his wives and daughters.
Another random thought: We are building a Brand, and we are building cohesion among us. Blogs and patches and flags are minor elements of that cohesion, and PatComs are major elements. Host one, or attend one. Even if it is just you and one other Patriot, you will be stronger than before.
Another random thought: When the system implodes and the banks close, anything that you do not yet have, you won't get. It will be too late to fill your basement with food, water, and other essentials. Get it now. If you smoke and need a .22 pistol, stop smoking for a month. Get serious now, or you will probably die...with your loved ones.
Another random thought: As our Movement comes into better focus as we all sport patches and get our identity out there, remember to aim small and miss small.
Government is not our enemy. Individual men and women who work to steal from you and enslave you who work in Government are the problem. No business is an enemy, though individuals who go to their cubicle every day and work to further your enslavement are the problem.
The American Government did not defeat the British Government during the Revolution. Individual Americans killed enough British individuals that the politicians in England lost the will to fight. When they left, they took several shiploads of Loyalists with them.
Which brings me back to my first thought: If you are forced into circumstances in which you must use violence to defend your Liberties, focus on the individuals in your AO who work every day as part of the majority that takes or infringes those Liberties.
If you live in a city or suburb, draw concentric circles around your home at 1 mile and 5 miles and 10 miles.
Think about it for a few minutes. How many people in each of those circles go to work every day and in some way work for (or support) the destruction of your Liberties?
Do you have enough in your basement?
There will probably be very little warning before implosion. When it happens it will be like a slick trigger, like a glass rod shattering. One moment the world works, and the next minute, it doesn't.
Make sure you have what you need to do the work before you, and make sure you understand the task that will be yours to satisfy. Patriots across the country will be relying upon you to handle your AO, as you will be relying upon them.
Go to a PatCom, and meet a few of the people who share your enemies.
For more insight into Washington's decision-making process re: Sullivan, explore this PDF, submitted by a familiar Patriot.
Posted by K at 10:36 PM