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  1. ...something missing from this debate

    Combat? War? A lot of parallel, inter-related, relative stuff here.

    If you are on a small scale focussed intervention - say a NEO or a Hostage Rescue effort - you may still find yourself in a...
  2. Of course

    ...winning always struck me as an attractive option. There are too few people with the guts to publicly face down - and correct - ill informed public opinion.

    We shouldn't bloody withdraw. We...
  3. Little danger of that!

    Little danger of that!
  4. Excellent.

    Excellent.
  5. It ain't pretty any way you look at it...

    ...to the uninitiated, our Prime Minister is unlucky, hapless and a poor communicator who despite some errors, has an opportunistic opposition and some slightly dubious senior military advisors who...
  6. Its all to do with definitions...

    ...my battalion ran Distributed Ops in the Defence against a superior armoured force on a TESEX last year, which worked very well. Distributed, highly dispersed light role infantry operating as...
  7. You can guarantee fear of retribution played a...

    You can guarantee fear of retribution played a part.
    Speaking out of turn is the greatest possible thought-crime in our Soviet-ised system.
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    I'm not sure its as bad as all that. Queen's...

    I'm not sure its as bad as all that. Queen's Birthday Parade went well.
    I had a splendid time in Afghanistan, and was quite clear what my purpose there was.




    Bringing all my men home...
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    I'm with Wilf here. I remember getting into a...

    I'm with Wilf here. I remember getting into a prolonged argument with a spook about why the Taleban had a viable stake in the future of their country, and hence the reason for reconciliation. ...
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    Metrics

    Body counts became discerdited in Vietnam not least because they only measured attrition as oppose to other conditions for COIN success, but also because there were suspicions of exaggeration.
    In...
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    I used to hate people

    who made points like this...but are there not significant Positive ID issues with an munition like this? If you can't see behind the defilade, you can't tell if there are women, children, hostages or...
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    You think you've got it bad!

    Wait to you actually procure it. Then we'll have to as well in order to maintain 'interoperability'. Only in order to preserve UK jobs, we won't just buy your model. Oh no. We'll build the...
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    We're ALL speshul! Thanks for the encouraging...

    We're ALL speshul!

    Thanks for the encouraging words. We'll see how it goes. Its always easy to get excited about a 'new' idea - we need to stay focussed on getting the product collected and...
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    My battalion is (probably) going to return to...

    My battalion is (probably) going to return to Afgh this autumn.

    From the last time, the big 'take away' was not to rely on any form of external specialist augmentation. Simply not enough...
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    Yeah, I'd go with that. And the fiction that...

    Yeah, I'd go with that. And the fiction that follows. Such as WW1 was stupid, mindless attrition....in the context of the problems they faced, trench warfare made sense...and only evolved after...
  16. I can't believe...

    ..no one seems to have mentioned 'Once An Eagle' by Anton Myrer - ultimate novel of command, integrity and self respect. It also has sex in it.
    ...
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    All over this...

    Wilf,

    I'm glad I read to the bottom before posting, because you'd already posted all the Mattis wisdom (EBO et al) that I was going to cite.

    Indeed refreshing to have command led impatience...
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    I prefer the phrase 'last best hope'...! If we...

    I prefer the phrase 'last best hope'...!

    If we were to banter, I'd recall Churchill's famous words
    "America can always be trusted to do the right thing...after it has exhausted all alternatives"...
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    Bang on. Today's problem is a pretty average...

    Bang on. Today's problem is a pretty average collection of decisionmakers in the political class of the West. Particularly unfortunate at this juncture of history...Remember the roll call at...
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    When the Cold War was raging, much of Africa was...

    When the Cold War was raging, much of Africa was indeed riven by insurgency. And many of those insurgencies were fuelled by bad governance- expertly stoked by communist agent provocateurs and...
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    Now now...when Rupert and Tarquin are sober...

    Now now...when Rupert and Tarquin are sober they're actually quite bright! More importantly, they have decent estates for their fat old company commander to shoot upon - so cease your Light Division...
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    Brother, As most of the time, violently...

    Brother,

    As most of the time, violently agreeing. I was taking issue more with some of the other comments. My bad for being less than clear.
    However, with the compressed 24/7 news cycle, the...
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    Wilf may be right about Strategic Corporals --...

    Wilf may be right about Strategic Corporals -- but I was once a Sensuous Sergeant. It's all about the means to the end desired.. :D[/QUOTE]

    Too much information! But at least you knew what you...
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    ...er....from a struggling woodentop...

    Isn't 'strategy' to do with the context[B[/B] of the issue, rather than its relative merits?

    Therefore, a Platoon Commander thinking hard about how to destroy a Dushka firing from a compound is...
  25. Magnificent! Of course, if you set off on...

    Magnificent!

    Of course, if you set off on time, you wouldn't need to run....
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