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  1. My perception: - Most of the skills that are...

    My perception:
    - Most of the skills that are lamented as having been forgotten/lost in the original post haven't actually been forgotten/lost.
    - Much of the use of current technology is more...
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    Fighting a war is a tough slog when you've got no...

    Fighting a war is a tough slog when you've got no reasonable strategy and the President is incapable of rallying the public behind the effort.

    Well, at least I hope we've learned that. It's...
  3. I'm hesitant to take my perceptions of my narrow...

    I'm hesitant to take my perceptions of my narrow experiences and assume that they are 1) correct and 2) apply equally to all or most of the force.
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    The judge improperly frames the issue. It's not a...

    The judge improperly frames the issue. It's not a matter of whether the speech has value. It's a matter of whether there is sufficient harm for the government to justify infringing upon the speech....
  5. Three issues. 1) I was referencing our oath,...

    Three issues.

    1) I was referencing our oath, not a restatement or code.

    2) Most of my sentiment would find greater support from my father's no-nonsense, old-school notions of individual...
  6. Very prevalent, from what I saw. Like your son, I...

    Very prevalent, from what I saw. Like your son, I made sure to stay in long enough to satisfy active and reserve time so as to not owe any further IRR time because I, apparently also like your son,...
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    I'll take your word for it. I've got a grasp of...

    I'll take your word for it. I've got a grasp of the federal rules, but my understanding is that Michigan went its own way.
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    First, I would like to offer a comment in support...

    First, I would like to offer a comment in support of JMM's guidance (violating neither the spirit nor letter of it). One can hold an adamant toe-the-party-line NRA position on the 2nd amendment while...
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    As late as 2005 there were hand grenade throwing...

    As late as 2005 there were hand grenade throwing contests and gunfights that occurred within the walls of one building. I'd say it was pretty close.

    As for today, I think the enemy initiates his...
  10. Okay, so I guess if someone learns something on...

    Okay, so I guess if someone learns something on their own, then they deserve a reward. I further infer that you believe Soldiers are learning things on their own without significant assistance or...
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    I won't go down without a fight.

    I won't go down without a fight.
  12. It's been over a month, so maybe I need to...

    It's been over a month, so maybe I need to refresh my memory, but I'm not sure I understand what you are arguing. As I understand it, you assert that we're fighting a "redefined type of combat,"...
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    I've got one question for you. What's up now,...

    I've got one question for you. What's up now, haters?
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    Bourbon, What do you think about that issue?...

    Bourbon,

    What do you think about that issue? My understanding is that the SEC doesn't pay enough to compete. But doing time at the SEC is a good stepping stone to the regulated companies because...
  15. Are you suggesting that it should? If so, why? ...

    Are you suggesting that it should? If so, why?


    Welcome to the Army.:p


    Is the suggestion here that awards are the only reward? Or the most preferable award? Something else? We generally...
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    Ken, I find myself largely in agreement with...

    Ken,
    I find myself largely in agreement with what you wrote. It is reassuring to see that I am not crazy. Or, at a minimum, that the voices in my head and in yours are eavesdropping on one another.
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    Who are you, you optimist? And what have you done...

    Who are you, you optimist? And what have you done with Steve?
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    I think the blockade is poorly implemented, for...

    I think the blockade is poorly implemented, for reasons that Rex points out (the arbitrary nature of the specific restrictions), but the concept of "A" blockade seems sound to me. In particular, it...
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    Agreed. Yes, but some would argue that it...

    Agreed.


    Yes, but some would argue that it was necessary. When else would Bush have the political capital to launch an invasion of Iraq, if not in early 2003? Support was already slipping fast at...
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    As many times as that argument gets repeated, I...

    As many times as that argument gets repeated, I fail to see any merit at all in it. The real deficit in Afghanistan has not been about dollars and boots. It is a deficit of appropriate knowledge...
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    I guess I should have added in one more...

    I guess I should have added in one more question...

    What time frame are we looking at when assessing this?

    Obviously there is no way to determine this with great precision, but in general...
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    My understanding of Iran's benefit is that it now...

    My understanding of Iran's benefit is that it now has significantly more influence in Iraq (really, what kind of threat was Saddam from 91 to 03?). Wouldn't that gain evaporate if the GoI collapsed?
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    Iraq - A Strategic Blunder?

    It’s conventional wisdom that overthrowing Saddam’s regime and installing a new government was a strategic blunder. What is the rationale that explains why it was a blunder? I know all of the...
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    That's a good point. I should clarify - I'm...

    That's a good point. I should clarify - I'm looking for an example from the US experience.
  25. When I was an XO, the ODA in our AOR had gobs of...

    When I was an XO, the ODA in our AOR had gobs of the 5.56 MK 262. We traded with them because, like you, we couldn't get it through the supply chain.
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