What one observes in Maneuver Warfare determines the direction and the amount of energy used in the conflict. The speed of the maneuver is only affected by Observation in such a way as observation determines position and position determines, not only, the distance between maneuver points and the direction with the greatest advantage.
Position is another way to say, where the advantages lay in the paths of Maneuver Warfare. Position is the way one orients towards an advantage in Maneuver Warfare. It should be obvious by now in our observation of our war with ISIL that we have positioned ourselves behind Saudi Arabia.
That much is revealed by the WSJ today in a piece exposing the backdoor dealings that the US conducted with Saudi Arabia to get the “green light” to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.”
The advantage we have for Saudi Arabia is that we have the ability to determine the direction and amount of energy that will be used against ISIL, as we are observed in the region, while we maintain no position in the “fight” against ISIL.
In other words, according to above article by Zero Hedge, the US is behind a force whose orientation is much the same as that of ISIL (ISIS is only a point or position), only their positions are different.
The speed of this Maneuver Warfare will be determined by the negotiations going on between like orientations, and the direction and the amount of energy used will be determined by the USA’s ability to isolate the area from outside forces such as Russia, Turkey, and Iran, to name the few and many.