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    Tom, Africa Command has mission authority for...

    Tom,
    Africa Command has mission authority for Somalia. Central Command retains its authority over the Gulf of Aden, where the majority of Somali-based piracy takes place.
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    Interesting. Christianity spent between 500 and...

    Interesting. Christianity spent between 500 and 1,000 years in this kind of inflexible character. I believe the last religious-based death sentences in Europe took place less than 200 years ago. In...
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    Really, all wars are about ideas. Both sides...

    Really, all wars are about ideas.

    Both sides try to convince the other that it's pointless or not worthwhile to keep risking your life for the ideas you're fighting for. Those ideas usually...
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    U.S. Africa Command Reaches Initial Operating Capability

    www.africom.mil
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    Most concentration camps were turned into...

    Most concentration camps were turned into Displaced Persons camps after the war. A lot of stateless people continued to live in them for years. If I recall correctly, former Joint Chiefs chairman...
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    I am reminded for the memorable line from John...

    I am reminded for the memorable line from John Steinbeck's "The Moon is Down" -- which fictionalized the German occupation of Norway; the invading army takes over a coastal town after a brief,...
  7. I took one and published it, but I couldn't find...

    I took one and published it, but I couldn't find it last time I was rumaging through negatives. I'm packing for an international move (from the U.S. back to Germany), so I won't be able to find it...
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    One thing to think about: We are comfortable with...

    One thing to think about: We are comfortable with the role of narrative in Western civilization -- it embodies the idea of starting at a beginning and taking actions that cause reactions, until you...
  9. That's an interesting observation. A few months...

    That's an interesting observation. A few months after the opening of the Berlin Wall, I visited -- as a news reporter -- a neo-Nazi rally in what was still East Germany.

    At one point, a crowd of...
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    Poll: I was mistaken in an earlier post ... the U.S....

    I was mistaken in an earlier post ... the U.S. Civil War was not a declared war under the Constitution. Rather, it involved the Executive Branch as commander in chief and Legislative Branch with its...
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    Poll: However, Lincoln tapped telegraph lines 115 years...

    However, Lincoln tapped telegraph lines 115 years before the passage of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires the Executive Branch to notify the U.S. Foreign Intelligence...
  12. Thread: June 25, 1876

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    To a large extent, federal troops were on the...

    To a large extent, federal troops were on the frontier in a classic peacekeeping/peacemaking mission -- to provide security while enforcing treaty obligations on both parties and mitigating excesses...
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    There are a few points of discussion here: 1....

    There are a few points of discussion here:

    1. Contributing to the wealth of certain governments and individuals has not made the United States popular in the eyes of many people. Concentrated...
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    Is there some kind of precedent for sending large...

    Is there some kind of precedent for sending large numbers of non-military personnel into overseas military combat zones? Those with a high interest in combat environments can join the U.S. military...
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    Military get BAH in the states, but civilian...

    Military get BAH in the states, but civilian employees of the government do not earn housing allowances in the United States. Federal civilian employees earn housing allowances and cost-of-living...
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    Sports analogies for warfare have had tragic...

    Sports analogies for warfare have had tragic results. They give the impression that the civilians and non-combatants sit on the sidelines and aren't involved. A better analogy might be rugby with...
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    Free press is part of the operating environment,...

    Free press is part of the operating environment, the same as weather, terrrain, the civilian populace, and many other factors. All of these can been manipulated by skillful practitioners. But the...
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    With teenagers (I have experience on both ends...

    With teenagers (I have experience on both ends here), it's really a test of how well you've done during the pre-teen rearing phase, with the caveat that there are too many variables for you to have...
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    "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?":) What...

    "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?":)

    What I love about this brilliant analogy is that it is something every human being on the planet can relate to as obvious common sense, because even if...
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    The scenario of the ticking bomb is precisely the...

    The scenario of the ticking bomb is precisely the one least likely to be solved by torture. The individual in custody is presumed to be highly committed to the attack. He or she knows that by just...
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    There are other options besides doing nothing. ...

    There are other options besides doing nothing.

    Sleep deprivation results in hallucinations, waking dreams, incoherency, psychosis and paranoia. It is useful in getting people to sign political...
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    If I understand this argument, I'm going to keep...

    If I understand this argument, I'm going to keep you awake for four days and nights straight, and this is going to result in accurate, reliable, coherent, actionable information on a complex subject?
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    Those numbers are why many people in other...

    Those numbers are why many people in other countries say they don't necessarily think the United States has all the answers on how to conduct a civil society. I attended a seminar last summer in...
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    For Afghan opium, the demand is predominantly in...

    For Afghan opium, the demand is predominantly in Russia, the former Soviet Republics, and into Western Europe. Pretty tough to eliminate demand in many of those areas.

    I've read, with bittersweet...
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    Jimbo, thanks for the insights. Many problems...

    Jimbo, thanks for the insights. Many problems connected to Iraq seem to be related to over-generalizing the conditions there, so I can see why your criticisms/concerns make a lot of sense.
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