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  1. Insurgency?

    Jon - It might be worth looking at the issue from the perspective of Colonial/Imperial history for the US Army and partisan warfare for the Native tribes. An insurgency tends to suggest a conflict...
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    Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

    There were 8 years between the two WTC attacks. In between there were smaller acts outside of CONUS. AQ has been very active around the globe in the past decade, and have successfully diversified the...
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    Repeatability over the long term would likely...

    Repeatability over the long term would likely reduce the efficacy of such attacks. But even without achieving that, constancy of threat is entirely different. That is about perceptions and...
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    I wonder why we think this will be limited to...

    I wonder why we think this will be limited to Africa or jihadists? It seems to me that any radical group watching these events is going to see a very effective vehicle to attack. While we may no...
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    New Immigrant Communities in South London...

    South London is also changing in other ways. Looking at just one shifting demographic, it is home to an increasing South and Central American community. Their culture* is decidedly different from...
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    Sticky: Been away, am back, and now with even more shameless self-promotion!

    Hello all - again, to those who know me, anew to those who don't.

    Check out my post, "The Currency of Colonial COIN":http://kingsofwar.org.uk/2012/02/the-currency-of-colonial-coin/#comments
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    I doubt that any of those three have much use for...

    I doubt that any of those three have much use for AQ either. The only purpose in that bit was to describe a situation wherein the "mentor" country imposed as little as possible upon the domestic...
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    It would be grand if they did everything as...

    It would be grand if they did everything as stupidly as we have, and pour their treasure into the country in search of creating some truly "correct" regime and society. But, let's assume they don't...
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    And there I was thinking my explanation would end the discussion...sigh.

    At the risk of shamelessly tooting my own horn (and as an old-school WASP it makes me feel very uncomfortable even to consider that I am doing that...), I would ask why it is you do not think my...
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    Humpty Dumpty's not just a nursery rhyme

    I would point out that "break and leave" is how WWI morphed into WWII, and how post-Soviet Afghanistan morphed into the Taliban, to give a couple of examples of the problems that arise out of...
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    I learned the "operational level" of warfare via...

    I learned the "operational level" of warfare via a simple explanation using logistics. It made the point very clear: At the strategic level, you have the goods being produced and shipped in their...
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    While I agree with Friedman's analysis of the...

    While I agree with Friedman's analysis of the content of the materials leaked, I think he soft-pedals the ramifications. The justice department is going to spend millions of dollars and thousands of...
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    You are confusing moral relativism with courage. ...

    You are confusing moral relativism with courage.

    Moral courage is doing what it right, even when there is a cost, to you personally. MLK put his own liberty at risk, accepted that his actions...
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    Waterboarding is not moral courage

    I'm sorry, but I don't see how being willing to torture one's prisoners constitutes "moral courage." In fact, it would be the opposite action, to restrain from such behavior, that would be...
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    The upside...

    From a historian's perspective, these leaks are like Christmas come early. I can promise you, there are a lot of US Diplomatic Historians salivating over this latest cache of documents. It's a dream...
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    Poll: JMA -- The goal in any analysis of past events...

    JMA --

    The goal in any analysis of past events to inform current policy is to find comparable examples. It is a simple and known principle. It exists so as to provide the best possible...
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    Poll: The Comparisons Don't Work

    The problem with these cases is that you are trying to compare how regimes behave in their own backyards with how the US or any other western nation can behave in a foreign country. The lessons of...
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    Well that ought to make for some fun summer...

    Well that ought to make for some fun summer reading!

    Just from the brief description from the end of the second article, the study findings seem to support the problems encountered by Mattis on...
  19. Ken White wrote: This is a most bizarre...

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    This is a most bizarre comment given the number of threads and comments on strengthening our advisory capability. According to your logic, there is no need for the advisors,...
  20. Uboat wrote: I can send you specific...

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    I can send you specific details in a private message, but I don't want to get into it on the open list.

    But generally, I understand full well that, in combat, front line...
  21. No, my point regarding MRE vs. hot chow is that...

    No, my point regarding MRE vs. hot chow is that the two can have very different effects the unit. Commanders should be aware of this so that they can use the two effectively to deal with the cohesion...
  22. I didn't compare anything. I simply offered an...

    I didn't compare anything. I simply offered an example of an alternate model where infantrymen were expected to do more than just the infantry tasks.

    However, I do agree with Selil and think...
  23. Steve Blair wrote: They also weren't be...

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    They also weren't be clothed, fed, or paid with any sort of reliability -- and by the 1830s, the Army had eliminated the alcohol ration. So sure, maybe the soldiers said...
  24. Steve Blair wrote: Oh, but they don't...

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    Oh, but they don't always complain -- there is probably more about what they thought was good, valuable, what made a difference at just the right point. Paul Boesch opened...
  25. Well, the model need not be so absolute....

    Well, the model need not be so absolute. Furthermore, returning to such a way of doing things might argue for a lighter logistical footprint that did not require a level of work such as you...
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