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Forum: Middle East 12 Minutes Ago
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We could have nipped much of this in the bud...

We could have nipped much of this in the bud early if we would have understood the problem from beginning in terms of fundamental human nature and governance.

AQ had and has a three point...
Forum: Middle East 1 Hour Ago
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Posted By Bob's World
I personally believe that "radicalization" and...

I personally believe that "radicalization" and "foreign fighters" are two of the most overblown and misunderstood aspects of the current political violence going on across the greater middle east.
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Forum: Middle East 3 Hours Ago
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Posted By Bob's World
I respect the hell out of Bill Moore, and we see...

I respect the hell out of Bill Moore, and we see many things in very similar ways, but this quote above highlights a fundamental difference in perspective. Our policies of the past several years...
Forum: Middle East 3 Hours Ago
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Posted By Bob's World
The list Bill has provided above goes to my...

The list Bill has provided above goes to my point. Not only does the NSS list these as our vital interests, it declares them to be "enduring." Certainly these things are important, the list has...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
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Posted By Bob's World
We may soon see another example of an emotion,...

We may soon see another example of an emotion, rather than interest- based response.
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
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Posted By Bob's World
It seems to me that in the post WWII era, with a...

It seems to me that in the post WWII era, with a noted escalation in the post Cold War era, we fight far more often for national emotion than for national interest .

Fear, pride, anger, ego, false...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
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Views: 51,142
Posted By Bob's World
India often describes itself as the "World's...

India often describes itself as the "World's largest democracy"; but I have heard others state that condition of governance from the other perspective, as "The World's largest oppressed minority." ...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By Bob's World
David, besides on the part of government...

David, besides on the part of government officials, we are not dealing with mass hysteria or temporary insanity, either one.

Sure, many will simply act out for any good (or bad) excuse, but the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, Best I can tell only a small...

Bill,

Best I can tell only a small minority of the locals or the foreign fighters buy into the political viewpoint of ISIL - but most all buy into the need for some sort of Sunni governed space...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By Bob's World
This is very much political for the Sunni Arabs...

This is very much political for the Sunni Arabs is Syria and Iraq - that is the primary energy source that defines this conflict. Sunnis and Shia from around the globe for their own reasons -...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, I think our own approaches to the...

Bill,

I think our own approaches to the events of 9/11 have been far more damaging to the ideals contained within the US Constitution, the US Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By Bob's World
Once again, Kilcullen is half right and too...

Once again, Kilcullen is half right and too threat centric in his thinking (yes, being "population centric to defeat the threat is still a form of being threat centric).

Any sane assessment...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,875
Posted By Bob's World
International law is so diluted by US actions in...

International law is so diluted by US actions in recent years claiming exceptions in the name of interests claimed and defined by us, that one would have a hard time finding a fair and honest judge...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,024
Views: 44,197
Posted By Bob's World
Hmmm. I am not sure why everyone talks about...

Hmmm. I am not sure why everyone talks about the progress of IS in terms of ground taken, and progress against IS in terms of equipment destroyed or ground lost.

It reads like news reports of...
Forum: Trigger Puller 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 2,598
Posted By Bob's World
Best we remember that France's history, interests...

Best we remember that France's history, interests and goals in this region are completely different than those of the US, and in many ways much more practical, I suspect.

We need to be careful...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,875
Posted By Bob's World
While human factors, such as "humiliation" will...

While human factors, such as "humiliation" will always play a part in human endeavors, we need to be careful to not overly focus on the factors that make the most sense, or that are the most soothing...
Forum: Middle East 10-17-2014
Replies: 1,024
Views: 44,197
Posted By Bob's World
Artificial stability is when the primary purpose...

Artificial stability is when the primary purpose of security force is to protect the government from the people. This is the essence of military stability operations. Such a system requires...
Forum: Middle East 10-16-2014
Replies: 1,024
Views: 44,197
Posted By Bob's World
The legend is that Transjordan was "Churchill's...

The legend is that Transjordan was "Churchill's thumb" - that he placed his fist and thumb on the map, traced a line around it and proclaimed it to be the new Transjordan.

Inherently illegitimate,...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 10-16-2014
Replies: 704
Views: 69,273
Posted By Bob's World
No sovereignty is "incontestable." The...

No sovereignty is "incontestable."

The contest is only just beginning. The relative power between sovereigns is shifting, and those who perceive their sovereignty to be illegitimate (imposed...
Forum: Middle East 10-16-2014
Replies: 1,024
Views: 44,197
Posted By Bob's World
True, but those are solvable problems and it...

True, but those are solvable problems and it paves the way for getting to sufficient trust for natural stability to re-emerge.

The best one can achieve by simply attacking ISIL and committing to...
Forum: Middle East 10-15-2014
Replies: 1,024
Views: 44,197
Posted By Bob's World
I think a key thing to keep in mind is that ISIL...

I think a key thing to keep in mind is that ISIL success or failure cannot be measured in terms of ground held or lost; or other measures convenient to conventional conflict.

Success or failure...
Forum: International Politics 10-15-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 9,155
Posted By Bob's World
We already overly employ "CT" to help partners...

We already overly employ "CT" to help partners keep in check revolutionary movements with few effective legal means to advance their reasonable concerns.

I (like President Washington long before...
Forum: Middle East 10-14-2014
Replies: 1,024
Views: 44,197
Posted By Bob's World
I don't know how many times reality needs to...

I don't know how many times reality needs to validate the inherent fallacy of "Building Partner Capacity" as adopted in recent years by the US Military.

We are not the British Colonial Office, we...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 10-14-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 2,338
Posted By Bob's World
Ironically, not a site I can access from my...

Ironically, not a site I can access from my USSOCOM computer...

Between the intel guys over-classifying everything; and the security Nazis over-securing everything, it is little wonder we struggle...
Forum: Middle East 10-03-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 4,056
Posted By Bob's World
We may never know in our lifetimes - particularly...

We may never know in our lifetimes - particularly when the US is so heavily invested in sustaining the status quo of a handful of gov to gov relationships.

President Washington wisely cautioned...
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