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Forum: Middle East 07-16-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 92,753
Posted By MikeF
Violence Begets Violence

Friends,

I wanted to share this recent series of Guardian interviews with Dr. Emma Sky questioning the impact of the Long War on both the troops and the effected populace. Emma, along with Dr....
Forum: The Whole News 07-16-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 9,795
Posted By MikeF
Ignoring Small Wars: Somebodies, Nobodies, And the Politics of Dignity

All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, And the Politics of Dignity
...
Forum: Strategic Compression 06-16-2012
Replies: 338
Views: 105,539
Posted By MikeF
Reinhold Niebuhr

I've long thought that we needed a Serenity Prayer for our Foreign Policy. As it turns out, the author of that prayer was one of the moral forces/grandfather to 20th century thoughts to include...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 06-09-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 11,498
Posted By MikeF
Airborne Slap

Airborne, Slap. I really like the Americanism idea. Teaching what it means to be a good citizen, which is not simply about one's rights but also one's responsibilities.

Actually, this is kind of...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 06-08-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 11,498
Posted By MikeF
Steve, I've always paid close attention when Ken...

Steve, I've always paid close attention when Ken White is sharing his journey :)
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 06-08-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 11,498
Posted By MikeF
Opportunity Cost

The emphasis that I added to Bill's quote is quite profound. What I am hopeful is what will happen when veterans return and apply the same energy to their own communities. Except this time, it will...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 06-07-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 11,498
Posted By MikeF
Bill Moore

If you think that I'm tough on Galula and the COIN stuff, then you can imagine how tough I am on the peace studies folks :).

In my mind, as we study, theorize, and practice, we must be realistic. ...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 06-07-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 11,498
Posted By MikeF
Enthropy

I think this sums up the sentiments of a lot of folks. As I was trying to make my own decision, I thought about how I'd gone from one village where the neighbors were trying to kill each other to...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 06-06-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 11,498
Posted By MikeF
Another way?

Read more on direct link:
http://www.lineofdeparture.com/2012/06/06/foxtrot-echo-whiskey/ (http://www.lineofdeparture.com/2012/06/06/foxtrot-echo-whiskey/)

Or via the website...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 05-15-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 12,902
Posted By MikeF
Baghdad Mosquito

Hi Bill,

I just wanted to second Bill Moore's comment on the Baghdad Mosquito. It, along with some other ad hoc outlets, helped me learn my job and immerse into Iraq during my tours.

I can't...
Forum: Law Enforcement 05-06-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 48,788
Posted By MikeF
At some point, our law enforcement efforts will...

At some point, our law enforcement efforts will become too expensive, and we're going to have to ask if we willing to lose our civil liberties when drones are flying over the skies and we're using...
Forum: Law Enforcement 05-05-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 48,788
Posted By MikeF
Economic Cost of Raiding Strategy

I would suggest exploring the economic costs of raiding and imprisonment. Below is one cost-prison in the state of Massachusetts.


The Cost to Taxpayers...
Forum: Law Enforcement 05-05-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 48,788
Posted By MikeF
Root Cause?

I don't think that passive support is the root cause of the problems of gangs and drugs in a community.

The gangs are present because a demand exist for illegal drugs.

Conducting raids and...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-22-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 8,294
Posted By MikeF
3-7 cav?

Hi Brent,

From a cursory search of the internet, it looks like you were in 3-7 CAV. As I did some time in 1-64 AR, I'm a bit familiar with your unit, and I would state with some authority that...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-29-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,751
Posted By MikeF
Mh/chaos

MH/CHAOS: The CIA's Campaign Against the New Radical Left and the Black Panthers
by Frank J. Rafalko

First hand account. I haven't read the book yet, but I will and will interview author when...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-29-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,751
Posted By MikeF
Books

Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970
by Douglas McAdam

Blood Done Signed My Name
by Tim Tyson
Forum: Law Enforcement 01-20-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 48,788
Posted By MikeF
Mett-tc

It's a matter of applying COIN doctrine (or TTPs) properly for the environment.

For my folks back home in NC, I'm seriously considering asking some of the senior leaders,

What the hell did you...
Forum: Law Enforcement 01-19-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 48,788
Posted By MikeF
Demilitarizing Domestic Policing?

Bill M,

Conversely, after 9/11, the flow of money from Department of Homeland Security down to local police forces allowed many groups to outfit SWAT type units. There is some serious concern...
Forum: Training & Education 01-17-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 23,937
Posted By MikeF
Acronyms are a weakness:D Just listen to...

Acronyms are a weakness:D

Just listen to some Tupac (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Y9-JlSRXw&feature=related)!
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-17-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 12,882
Posted By MikeF
Repost my answer

A preview to my forthcoming contribution to Foreign Policy Magazine next month, 17. True or false: Americans are safer today than when Obama took office.

True, but this is a false choice. Worrying...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-17-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 30,712
Posted By MikeF
A Preview of my answers

A preview to my forthcoming contribution to Foreign Policy Magazine next month, 17. True or false: Americans are safer today than when Obama took office.

True, but this is a false choice. Worrying...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-17-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 30,712
Posted By MikeF
I think a wise old man quotes this one,

I think a wise old man quotes this one,
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-17-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 30,712
Posted By MikeF
True, but

You don't wrestle with a pig in the mud b/c the pig likes to get dirty:eek:

There are better ways
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-17-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 12,882
Posted By MikeF
Brain Dumps- Intellectual Immigration

China's Rich Consider Leaving Growing Nation (http://www.npr.org/2012/01/17/145314824/chinas-rich-consider-leaving-growing-nation)
by Frank Langfitt
NPR
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-17-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 30,712
Posted By MikeF
Brilliant Post!!!

Here's two complimentary ideas.

1. We (military) need to operationalize and codify what we did right over the last ten years (Techniques at clearing and pacification top the list).

2. We...
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