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Forum: Europe 7 Hours Ago
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I suspect it will just be other companies from...

I suspect it will just be other companies from the various battalions of the
173rd Airborne Bde. Maybe if it lasts more than a year or so, it may include units from the Guard/Reserves similar to...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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Hobbes actually claimed that mankind has a duty...

Hobbes actually claimed that mankind has a duty to seek peace and that creating the the Great Leviathan (AKA a government) is the only way to do that. In Hobbes' view, people have no right of...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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Posted By wm
Your synonyms are different forms of the same...

Your synonyms are different forms of the same myth. In the US at least only naturalized citizens every make something like the agreement required to give the government any legitimate limitation of...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
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Posted By wm
Lots of people care. They just happen to...

Lots of people care. They just happen to prioritize their national blood and treasure differently than others might like. Who helped Biafra or Bangladesh?
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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Posted By wm
The first part of this post goes to point I made...

The first part of this post goes to point I made recently about the difference between nations and peoples.
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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Posted By wm
The myth I meant is the myth of the social...

The myth I meant is the myth of the social contract, that all the citizens of a country somehow agreed to be part of that country and be bound by its laws. Did you every make such an agreement?
BTW...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
Carl, Part of your post is about the myth by...

Carl,
Part of your post is about the myth by which folks justify giving up personal freedom to some government or other. The most common myth is the old social contract. You are right about Rome and...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
What I find most interesting is this quotation...

What I find most interesting is this quotation from the article:

This set of statistics seems to support the following claim made recently in this thread--that Syria's conflict is drawing the...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
Who's Next

All this discussion of potential nuclear proliferation reminds me of the song "Who's Next" by Tom Lehrer, here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRLON3ddZIw&feature=kp) on YouTube for your listening...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
I seem to remember reading about similar kinds of...

I seem to remember reading about similar kinds of arguments being given on the impossibility of a European Union--that no European nation would be able to trust another, or enough of the others,...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
Carl, Big difference for two of those...

Carl,

Big difference for two of those countries--US and Canada-is that the majority of their citizens are not natives--they are descendants of relatively recent immigrants (except for the Native...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
Maybe the other option: the EU member states...

Maybe the other option: the EU member states outsourcing their protection to a combined UK/French nuclear umbrella, thereby replacing the umbrella provided by the US, is an option.
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
A couple of points: First, the existence of...

A couple of points:

First, the existence of a people's right to self-determination does not entail a correlative duty on others to ensure those people are able to exercise that right. In fact, on...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
While some similarities exist between the...

While some similarities exist between the operations in Georgia and those in the Crimea, I think what the US was hoping to attain is very different from what Russia suspected was going on.
In my...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
I think we are in violent agreement except for...

I think we are in violent agreement except for your "By the way." As far as I know, Renatus and Vegetius are the same guy, namely Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus. What are your sources for a...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
As a follow-on to Stan's second point, how likely...

As a follow-on to Stan's second point, how likely is it that Russia will provide fissile material to the Ukrainians?
You can have all the technological know how you want, but you aren't building a...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
I am, not quite sure that folks are saying just...

I am, not quite sure that folks are saying just left Putin do what he wants.

I would include Putin among those dinosaurs I mentioned here...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
As JMA may be aware, the origin of the phrase he...

As JMA may be aware, the origin of the phrase he quotes is Edward Luttwak's article describing Luttwak's position on what the US should do vis--vis Syria; the first part of that quoted section is a...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
I am not so sure of the truth of this statement. ...

I am not so sure of the truth of this statement. I presume you are aware of mob or crowd psychology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_psychology). People have been known to get caught up in the...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
I tend to rate The Daily Beast as a D3 to F6...

I tend to rate The Daily Beast as a D3 to F6 source. YMMV
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
What makes you so sure that the three letter...

What makes you so sure that the three letter agencies aren't being quite successful and have just gotten their security act back together as a result of incidents like Snowden and Manning?

You may...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
Playing favorites with the Tatars in Crimea may...

Playing favorites with the Tatars in Crimea may keep Tatars all over Russia from become the next group of terrorists in Russia. Too bad Putin doesn't really have similar options in Dagestan and...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
As I remember things, General Haig learned his...

As I remember things, General Haig learned his foreign policy practice from Henry Kissinger, the guy who brought us detente and SALT. Haig left the SACEUR position in July 1979, retiring into the...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
Have it your way. But what the term...

Have it your way. But what the term "intelligence" means to USAF practitioners is not what it means to others. I still stand by my assertion that it is better understood as combat information...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
ISR to the USAF is not intelligence-it is...

ISR to the USAF is not intelligence-it is generally little more than imagery or other technical data used to identify/confirm likely targets. It is better understood as combat information. The...
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