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Tequila Junction: 4th-Generation Counterinsurgency

Synopsis

Don't recognize this drug-funded Maoist army?  Its operatives have been busy in at least nine Latin American countries.  Bringing an end to America's white-heroin deluge may take temporarily reinforcing -- with a lone U.S. infantry squad -- a few police outposts in Colombia, Panama, and Mexico. After briefly noting the extent of criminal, Communist, and Islamist subversion throughout the region, this book shows the Unconventional Warfare (UW) techniques that 14 isolated GIs might need to vie with many times their number of drug runners and revolutionaries. Among the "how-to" chapters are: (1) "Best 4GW Defense Is Locally Tailored;" (2) "Deep Interdiction;" (3) "Buffer Zones"; and (4) "Working a Heavily Populated Area." well illustrated, full of tiny element maneuvers, and quite exciting to read. One even shows how to blanket an area with secretly occupied fire team zones. Such an advanced UW concept would also work in other parts of the world. According to Australian Army Journal, "Poole's methods [in Tequila Junction] are an example of a decentralised approach to counterinsurgency that may provide a tactical level solution ... [to] keep the insurgents off balance in Uruzgan [Afghanistan]." As a final bonus, this book's appendix shows a fully tested way for any U.S. infantry or special operations company to develop its own state-of-the-art techniques for any intensity of combat.  

What People Are Saying

“‘Tequila Junction’ is the first narco-counterinsurgency manual to be published in the U.S., so its proposals could help to turn the tide in Afghanistan.” — "Militay Officers Magazine," August 2009

“Listed on 'Irregular Warfare: A Selected Bibliography'"

 - U.S. Army War College, 2009

 "Poole, another disciple of 4GW,... advocates using fire teams (a 3-4 man team) to perform deep interdiction to deny an enemy maneuver room, destroy minor camps or supply areas, and stay in place for up to three months at a time." - Small Wars Manual, February 2012

“Poole’s methods are an example of a decentralised approach to counterinsurgency that may provide a tactical level solution that ensures we . . . keep the insurgents off balance in Uruzgan [Afghanistan].” — Australian Army Journal, Volume VII, Number 3

“The entire Poole series, beginning with The Last Hundred Yards: The NCO’s Contribution to Warfare, through his most recent Tequila Junction: 4th-Generation Counterinsurgency, provide unique insight into terrorists, insurgents, and guerrillas that is underappreciated within defense and security hierarchies.” — Counterterrorist magazine, January 2009

“More of an intelligence brief [and tactics manual] than a book, “Tequila Junction” by author John Poole warns of the very real threat drug smuggling and communist expansion in Latin America pose to the U.S. . . . Part Three talks about how specifically to run a fourth-generation counterinsurgency against narco-guerrillas, such as those in Colombia or Afghanistan.” — Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA), 5 January 2009

“A new book—actually, more of a military field-manual—“Tequila Junction” by author John Poole argues for Washington to refocus on the drug trade in Latin America and its growing ties with nations renown for their connections to insurgencies and terrorists, such as those in Afghanistan.” — Savannah Morning News, 2 October 2008

“Citing the combination of drug smuggling and communist expansion in Latin America as a major threat to the United States, H. John Poole details how ill-equipped the Pentagon and U.S. are for such a showdown with their continuing focus and fascination on technology and weaponry.”  — Aerospace Daily and Defense Report, 19 September 2008 

“John Poole has written a thought-provoking and intriguing work in Tequila Junction. He has masterfully made the case for attention and action toward threats being ignored due to our myopic focus on Islamic extremism. This is another exceptional volume to add to his superb collection of works dealing with the new forms of conflict we face.” — Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), former head of CENTCOM

“In 1861 Abraham Lincoln stated: “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. . . . We must think anew and act anew.” Lt.Col. John Poole has done just that in this excellent new book detailing how the true enemy of liberty is chaos and how America’s enemies thrive on the chaos caused by drugs, terrorism and unrest. The lessons of . . . the Marines . . . CAP program point the way to victory.” — Kim B. Holien, professional military historian

“Tequila Junction warns of a huge threat to . . . the country: the pernicious influence of China . . . in Latin America. Through exhaustive research and clear thinking, John Poole details the influence of drug . . . smuggling. . . . He . . . [gives] our military a clear way of combating this problem . . . with light infantry acting like police: convert[ing] enemies instead of killing them. This is a must read for all levels of the military.” — COL Robert V. Kane U.S. Army (Ret.), publisher emeritus, Presidio Press

“Our current threat is multi-dimensional and multi-directional. . . . John Poole, cautions us to broaden our concerns beyond our geographically dispersed and distant threats to those much closer to home. The thought-provoking premise of “Tequila Junction” warns us of a global insurgency emerging to operate from within. It’s closer than we prefer to think.” — Maj.Gen.John H.Admire, USMC(Ret.), former commander of 1st Marine Division

“John Poole has done it again!!! Forewarned is forearmed, and this book describes a growing trend in the Western Hemisphere that bears serious consequences . . . if it is not addressed soon. . . . The research is amazing and the bibliography extensive. . . . This should become the bible for the protection of our way of life. Read and absorb this fantastic book.” — Vice Adm. Thomas R. Sargent, USCG (Ret.), ship captain at Battle of Leyte Gulf

“Part Three . . . amounts to a tactical-technique manual for narco-counterinsurgency. Like the FARC in Colombia, the Taliban funds itself through drug production. Thus, the book’s later chapters could . . . [help] Corps . . . to stabilize Afghanistan. . . . I was pleased with the factual content. . . . Always well written and thoroughly researched, this book is . . . an outstanding training tool. . . . I recommend this book.” — Leatherneck, October 2008

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Part One: A Dire Emergency in the Americas
Chapter 1: Dope Dealers, Gangs, Islamists, or Maoists?
Chapter 2: Cuba, the Caribbean, and Venezuela
Chapter 3: The Guianas, Brazil, and Paraguay
Chapter 4: Uruguay, Argentina, and Bolivia
Chapter 5: Chile, Peru, and Ecuador
Chapter 6: Colombia and Panama
Chapter 7: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras
Chapter 8: El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
Part Two: The Urgent Need for a New U.S. Strategy
Chapter 9: The 4GW Difference in Latin America
Chapter 10: Undermining the Proxy Coalition
Chapter 11: A Quasi-Military Solution Required
Chapter 12: What’s Not in the Military Manuals
Part Three: 4GW Counterinsurgency Techniques
Chapter 13: Best 4GW Defense Is Locally Tailored
Chapter 14: Deep Interdiction
Chapter 15: Buffer Zones
Chapter 16: Working a Heavily Populated Area
Afterword
Appendix: Bottom-Up Training
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
About the Author
Name Index

Excerpt from the Foreword

“In Tequila Junction, Poole first calls on . . . [his] unique perspective to warn Americans about the possibility of a politically oriented and drug-funded attack from a non-Muslim source. Then, he describes how such an attack might be thwarted through advanced counterinsurgency techniques. . . .
Throughout the work, Poole refers . . . to widely dispersing U.S. forces to help more foreign communities to reestablish security. Recalling my exploits as a PFC and then alone as Vietnam was falling, I can see that Poole is right. Only through the initiative and good will of hundreds of tiny and well-dispersed U.S. enlisted contingents will we be able to stabilize a worldwide insurgency. We have long known that the Americans with sufficient leeway contribute most. Young Marines and soldiers are no exception. Like Poole, I have seen their potential. With a little UW training, they could easily elude any serious attempt on their lives.
At the end of Tequila Junction is an Appendix entitled “Bottom-Up Training.” It contains a much better way to train infantry squads than the one currently in use. . . . Without more skilled and self-sufficient squads, the U.S. military will have little chance of stabilizing the world situation. Even if Poole’s Western Hemisphere intelligence analysis does not specifically apply to all U.S. forces, his new training method should still be seriously considered by all U.S. commanders. The similarities in enemy method between South Asia and Latin America are shocking. I highly recommend this book to all U.S. military professionals.”
—Maj.Gen. Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.), former commander of Camp Lejeune

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Paperback: 364 pages, 79 illustrations