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Forum: South Asia 11-12-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 45,671
Posted By zenpundit
Hi David Thank you for linking. I would give...

Hi David

Thank you for linking. I would give Tankel's book a strong recommendation, I learned a lot about LeT from it, but his thrust is predominantly a political-historical narrative. The subject...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 01-13-2011
Replies: 280
Views: 160,250
Posted By zenpundit
Well....

Is General Petraeus going to also be simultaneously appointed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Or will the rank become official upon his retirement?

Because Petraeus will outrank...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-16-2010
Replies: 91
Views: 23,378
Posted By zenpundit
Now reading....

Magic and Mayhem: The Delusions of Foreign Policy from Korea to Afghanistan (http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mayhem-Delusions-American-Afghanistan/dp/1439125694) by Derek Leebaert

and

The Bin...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 09-03-2010
Replies: 218
Views: 90,251
Posted By zenpundit
Thanks Slap - permalinks

Here's the permalink to the original post by Lexington Green:

http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/15295.html

FWIW: Lex's primary interest is politics and history but he is a serious aficianado of...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 03-03-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
WM wrote: No, you arbitrarily ruled...

WM wrote:



No, you arbitrarily ruled out the most germane case study available a priori is all, because it was favorable to small units and of immediate relevance to the current conflict....
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 03-01-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Hi WM

Late is always better than never!



Actually there's no more logical reason to keep WWII conceptually aggregated than the War on Terror. There's very little the kind of fighting Stillwell did in...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 03-01-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Nixon

Wilf wrote:



While Richard Nixon was a complex and morally flawed man, when he was at his best as a statesman there's much there worthy of admiration and close study. Coming into office having...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-28-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Dr. Marc, Very true. Iraq was a...

Dr. Marc,



Very true. Iraq was a stretch and Afghanistan morphing in under a half-century is an impossibility.



Amen. For an anthropologist, you are a fine economist.
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-26-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Effect of Tet

Would LBJ have lost the presidential primary in New Hampshire without the effects of Tet? His poll numbers dropped steeply

Would LBJ have withdrawn from the race for the presidency on March 1st or...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-26-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Economics

Economics, not business.

You can only fight to the degree and for so long as you can afford to pay for the kind of fighting that you are doing. Different kinds of fighting incurs different sets...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-26-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Hi Dr. Marc There are significant...

Hi Dr. Marc



There are significant potential costs to not having big forces. Agreed. I am not interested in having a military that cannot operate large units.

That said, using big units...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-26-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Hi Wilf

Wilf wrote:



Most historians of the Vietnam War would strenuously disagree with your interpretation Wilf.

Sure, there are downstream decisions of greater importance but they would have been...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-26-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Perils of explaining away the CNN effect

Marshal Tukhachevskii wrote:



This is the equivalent to saying "No fair! They cheated!" and that had we been able to control the environment and worldview of the participants, all would have...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 02-26-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 74,079
Posted By zenpundit
Late to the party

First, a thank you to Wilf for giving me a head's up about this discussion earlier today. It was interesting to read being composed of a mixture of fair criticism of Arquilla's article and some...
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-23-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Disagreement is healthy

Yes, that however was the point of origin for the concept of terrorism and "Terrorists", as a state agency, propagators of "the Terror" during the French Revolution, though the tactic is ancient (see...
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-22-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Process is already unfolding

"Is there any fear that someone is going to copy this guy? "

Stack is a copycatter. Austin is the third incident of using a plane to crash a building ( not including other plots that were...
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-21-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Follow up du Schmedlap......

While the age of the victims in a school shooting evokes sympathy, terrorism is more troubling because it is directed at the legitimacy of the state or society. If either unravels problems are...
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-21-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Schmedlap

Excellent question!

Yes.

A guy going postal because of personal issues doesn't have the attractive or inspirational potential of politically motivated terrorism. In other words, terrorism can...
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-21-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
"An expert is someone who has made all of the...

"An expert is someone who has made all of the mistakes that can be made in a narrow field" - Niels Bohr:D
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-20-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Contradictions proving the point....

Ken wrote:



Ken also wrote:



and also:
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-20-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Query

Ken wrote:



So, if a bomb explodes in the marketplace, and the media of a regime suppresses the information ( and thus, the spread of fear) the bombing isn't an act of terrorism?
Forum: Training & Education 02-20-2010
Replies: 57
Views: 27,877
Posted By zenpundit
Lol!

Selil wrote:



Actually, that would drive superintendents nuts, Sam.

Most university teacher training programs do not emphasize the epistemological methodology that has been demonstrated by...
Forum: Law Enforcement 02-20-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 30,585
Posted By zenpundit
Terrorism

This is really an argument regarding parameters. I think Ken is taking a far too narrow view of what constitutes "terrorism", historically speaking.

Certainly, well-organized, highly ideological,...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 09-28-2009
Replies: 247
Views: 203,074
Posted By zenpundit
back!

Hi Wilf,

Will try to respond in reverse order, more or less, since my last comment:



Good and fair question. Because if you do not deign to consider the media's impact of how they are likely...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 09-24-2009
Replies: 247
Views: 203,074
Posted By zenpundit
Hi Wilf

Always good to hear from you, Wilf and glad that you helped get this discussion flowing. Your views here on the media and warfare are neat, plausible and wrong:D

The media is not "irrelevant"....
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