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  1. Constabularies

    Did some quick-and-dirty on this question for some lectures. Here's what I can unearth from those searches:

    Armitage and Moisan, Constabulary Forces and Post-Conflict Transition (2005)

    Gott,...
  2. Blowback?

    I suppose a logical follow-on question would look at whether or not this pattern -- intel report, partisan trumpeting, partisan undermining -- is going to be the rule rather than the exception. One...
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    Articles of War

    I've been a happy customer of the (now on-line) shop, Articles of War, ever since the owner, Bob Ruman, had a small shop in the 1980s near the Skokie Swift terminus on the Chicago Transit Authority's...
  4. Partisanship

    Let's be honest with ourselves, shall we? No one would be complaining if Sanchez had delivered the weekly Republican radio address. Let's not mask rank partisanship in the guise of sober...
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    Good suggestions -- thanks everyone. I'll use...

    Good suggestions -- thanks everyone. I'll use the Xmas break to start working thru them
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    All good questions. I can't drop "Homeland...

    All good questions. I can't drop "Homeland Security" from the name because that's the name it was born with; I'm going to try to make the class a survey of how states respond to terrorism -- in a...
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    Recommended Reading?

    In the spring 2008 quarter I've been asked to teach a class entitled "Terrorism and Homeland Security." Any recommendations for an accessible book on terrorism for undergraduates? I'm more...
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    Twisted Logic

    Speaking of the twisted logic department, what is the logical -- that is, mathematical -- basis for IF you didn't condemn Saddam, THEN you have no moral foundation for criticizing Bush? Presumably,...
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    War of Ideas

    The original posting in this thread asked about the idea of "war of ideas."

    Presumably there are far more wars of ideas than wars -- the Enlightenment was a war of ideas. Prohibition was a war of...
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    Congress & Waterboarding

    Congress certainly could "legislate" waterboarding away under its Article I powers to "make all laws" concerning the armed forces, though this begs two issues:

    1. Only part of the Intelligence...
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    I'm afraid I don't have so apocalyptic a view of...

    I'm afraid I don't have so apocalyptic a view of Islam. I've certainly encountered similarly Manichean rhetoric from the American Right (the pamphlets of the John Birch Society in the 1960s are...
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    I don't think the point is that war is devoid of...

    I don't think the point is that war is devoid of ideas -- that would be a pretty tall order for any human endeavor. The question is whether "our" ideas could "win" against "their" ideas. ...
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    WWII Persian Gulf Command

    Apart from the unit's internal history and the brief account in the Army's official history of WWII, if you know of any resources -- and especially any veterans -- of the WWII Persian Gulf Command,...
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