Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,
2. Transport routes
3. Military control of transport and geographical chokepoints
4. The support or resistance of resident populaces
We would also be wise to recall what Napoleon had to say about the limits of raw power: “Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything.”
I think what the great military genius was referring to was the impotence of force to organize anything beyond the taking of chokepoints by superior force, strategy, tactics and/or leadership.
Once the chokepoints are in hand, however, events tend to organize themselves.
I also think that exploiting leverage leads to a reaction, a dynamic expressed byReversal is the movement of Tao. As I noted last week, Russia’s exploitation of its natural gas leverage over Europe has driven those on the receiving end to seek other sources of natural gas and other sources of counter-leverage.
With these dynamics in mind, let’s turn to my recent discussion with Gordon T. Long, UKRAINE: Energy, Economic & Military Choke Point: (22 Minutes, 25 Slides)
Of related interest:
Ukraine: Follow the Energy (March 4, 2014)
How the Empire Might Strike Back (March 5, 2014)