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  1. Some of the stuff relating to Teddy Roosevelt's...

    Some of the stuff relating to Teddy Roosevelt's presidency is interesting, simply because he was projecting the US into what was at the time fairly uncharted territory - foreign policy considerations...
  2. Actually quite a bit of this looks very similar...

    Actually quite a bit of this looks very similar to pre-Cold War foreign policy discussions (when they took place). There was, after all, history before the Cold War. The US had a tendency to drift...
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    It depends at what point in their history. The...

    It depends at what point in their history. The Bolsheviks were actually a fairly small party in the grand scheme of things. Their October coup only succeeded because the Mensheviks and other...
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    Slap...most of Warden's doctrinal ideas can be...

    Slap...most of Warden's doctrinal ideas can be traced directly to the Luftwaffe's doctrine of 1936. He also ignores the fact that airpower cannot control terrain, secure a population, or do any...
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    There are some valuable parts to Warden's stuff,...

    There are some valuable parts to Warden's stuff, but his biggest shortcoming is that he sees airpower as capable of doing EVERYTHING on its own and being applicable in every situation...even when...
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    Sorry, slap...that's just Warden trying to make...

    Sorry, slap...that's just Warden trying to make his preferred solution relevant even when it isn't. ISIS is still a relatively irregular foe, and according to Colin Gray's informative (if...
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    Not that I'm aware of, honestly. Quite a bit of...

    Not that I'm aware of, honestly. Quite a bit of the landing bombardment doctrine had been worked out (or at least drafted) before the war.
  8. The Ukraine thread was (most recently) closed for...

    The Ukraine thread was (most recently) closed for reasons other than what Outlaw indicates.
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    Thread Closed

    Since folks seem to be making some less than optimal decisions here, I'm closing this thread for the time being. We will reopen it once we feel there's been enough time for folks to cool down. I'm...
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    Some of this was actually happening before Iraq....

    Some of this was actually happening before Iraq. There was a great deal of angst, for example, about people who were avoiding deployments to KFOR and other overseas commitments.

    Fuchs' study case...
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    If you look at Fuchs' original comment/question,...

    If you look at Fuchs' original comment/question, you'll note that he was speaking specifically about non-combat personnel. This idea of exceptionalism has spread well beyond traditional combat arms,...
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    This is actually a very good challenge/question....

    This is actually a very good challenge/question. I've worked with military folks for a great percentage of my life, and this fairly recent attitude of exceptionalism is disturbing. I do think it's...
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    My point is simply that we've been here before....

    My point is simply that we've been here before. Comparing the current reality with the artificial construct that was the Cold War isn't helpful, either. You need to consider that the military's...
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    Considering that this is the way the military was...

    Considering that this is the way the military was recruited prior to World War II, I'd wager that the country will survive. As soon as you look at the pre-wartime draft military you see this sort of...
  15. There's obviously no simple answer to this...

    There's obviously no simple answer to this because much depends on the quality of the translator and his/her relationship with the person he/she is translating for. I suspect that the answer to your...
  16. I'm sure they are, too. It's a shame they didn't...

    I'm sure they are, too. It's a shame they didn't just review some history.
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    Ultimately is too strong a word here. As always,...

    Ultimately is too strong a word here. As always, the ideal comes through a combination of solid training and innate ability. Which part (training or innate ability) is more important? That depends on...
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    That marvelously dependable source Wikipedia...

    That marvelously dependable source Wikipedia lists the last REFORGER as 1993. Interestingly, it does not list 1989.
  19. I wonder how much money was wasted studying what...

    I wonder how much money was wasted studying what should be obvious...:rolleyes:

    And I seriously doubt that this will make predicting deliberations any easier, since language is shaped by, and in...
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    Sounds fantastic!

    Sounds fantastic!
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    The reason I called them punitive expeditions is...

    The reason I called them punitive expeditions is that the campaigns were usually launched in response to a specific action or actions by the tribes, and the resources were often limited as well....
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    First off, I tend to be of the opinion that you...

    First off, I tend to be of the opinion that you can't negotiate with a terrorist group once it's taken that final step. Most terrorist groups, if they last past their initial stages, evolve (or...
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    Metrics can be useful, but the issue I keep...

    Metrics can be useful, but the issue I keep seeing in many areas is that they often become an end in themselves. And that's when they become dangerous. In law enforcement you see crime reporting...
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    Folks always forget that CvC wasn't actually...

    Folks always forget that CvC wasn't actually "done" with On War when he died. Only the first couple of books (chapters) were close to finished, with the others existing as drafts.

    That said, it's...
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    Yet in the language of politics his wording does...

    Yet in the language of politics his wording does make a twisted sense. Saying the public is "war-weary" implies that they might otherwise be behind the policy were they not "fatigued" in some way....
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