… While serving in the Pentagon during the 1970’s, Colonel Boyd would come to expand upon his insight by crafting the OODA Loop. OODA, or the Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act Loop was a concept based on Boyd’s in-depth study of the pattern of warfare. Essentially, Boyd’s purpose with the OODA Loop was to create a capability for unraveling one’s opponent by acting in the least-expected way possible (as opposed to the most-effective way possible). The concept is to keep an opponent off-balance, so as to prevent them from being able to muster an effective defense. Much like Boyd’s idol, Sun Tzu, the OODA Loop cycle was as much a psychological warfare strategy as it was a kinetic warfare strategy. Consequently, I believe that the highly controversial 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, is a living, breathing embodiment of Colonel Boyd’s OODA Loop.
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Trump’s words of late on issues ranging from Enhanced Interrogation to Obamacare have caused scorn from with the ranks of Checklist Conservatism. Yet, he is nominating Rock-ribbed Conservatives to senior positions both within his administration as well as to the SCOTUS.
People don’t seem to understand that Trump is a practitioner of Boyd’s OODA Loop: he’s keeping his opponents off-balance by implementing the least-likely strategies. He will say one thing but continue to put people in places of authority who will oppose burdensome Climate regulations, who routinely speaks about killing the country’s enemies, who advocates for Charter Schools, who is a strictly Conservative Law and Order person, the list goes on.
Trump is just stifling opposition by confusing the Hell out of them. And why shouldn’t he? Any way you slice it, the MSM would be castigating him. Why not keep them off-balance? He’s running circles around them while implementing strictly Conservative policies.
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Donald Trump, like any insurgent or underdog, fundamentally understood that he had to engage his adversaries on such a level that he utterly psyched them out. Trump attacked with what Boyd often referred to as, “moral conflict.” Mr. Trump’s actions increased uncertainty in the mind of his enemy, sowed mistrust among the electorate, and menaced his opponent thoroughly. This gave Trump greater flexibility and a more favorable degree of the initiative. As he did this, he increased harmony among those allied to the Conservative cause.
Donald J. Trump is a natural practitioner of the OODA Loop, in much the same way that Patton was. Had Patton not been interfered with by Eisenhower (who did not understand OODA), then he would have blitzed into Berlin weeks before the Soviets ever took it. If Trump eschews the advice of the so-called “experts” (who have been wrong on everything this election cycle), if he continues to employ the OODA Loop that he has been using, then he will utterly defeat the Democrats in 2016.