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    Negotiate? With Whom?

    Negotiation is a non-starter. There is no incentive for the taliban to do so. Worse, there is no unified element with which to negotiate. It seems apparent that the core leadership elements for...
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    davidbfpro Reply

    A remarkable rendering by Kaplan. As a disillusioned neo-con, I suppose my inclination is to lean towards the deterministic nature of this struggle and maybe recognize the immutable power of...
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    davidbfpo & baboon6 Reply

    Thanks, gents, for keeping us in touch with views of this fight from your side of the fence. I'm appreciative.
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    Dope

    I think opium is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring. If so, I hope this is a controlled harvest and, while we're not in the business of buying, purchased en toto by us.

    Last crop I'd...
  5. Bob's World Reply

    Yeah, vendetta runs strong in dem dar hills but, as you said, that was a while ago. Ms. Taj says the tribals feel squeezed between the army and the militants. She suggests the Pakistani army slings...
  6. Bob's World Reply

    So Bob, in the absence of solid data indicating that PREDATOR is killing vast sums of innocents for a paucity of terrorists and in light of Ms. Taj's contentions otherwise, what's your view on drone...
  7. William F. Owen Reply

    Well William, I've e-mail with one at U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School who's a department chair who's opposed named John Arquilla. His buddy Tom Johnson is opposed. Killcullen gave the classic...
  8. davidbfpo Reply

    You reference a survey conducted by Ms. Farhat Taj of the Univ. of Oslo and a non-profit group called AIRRA (Mod's note their webpage is:http://www.airra.org/home/). Ms. Taj is an pashtun womens...
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    davidbfpo Reply

    Yeah...the quid pro quo thus still waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop.
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    Malik

    Concur. That's the salient portion of farcical.
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    Pakistani Gov't Denies Arrest

    This is becoming a world-class farce-

    Mullah Baradar Arrest Reports "Propaganda": Rehman Malik-DAWN Feb.16, 2010

    Stunning.:eek:

    Moderator's Note: Rehman Malik is the Interior Minister.
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    Baradar

    He is, politely, the MAN-



    Fought with Omar in the Afghan-Soviet war. Retired with him to Oruzgan. Drove ol' Omar to Pakistan on a motorcycle. Married sisters together. Connected beyond our...
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    Pakistan rounds up the Quetta Taliban and now let's one go? (updated title)

    (Moderator's Note another thread 'Nearly half of Afghan Taliban leadership arrested in Pakistan', which was started 25/2/10 merged into this and re-named as 'Rounding Up').


    Well, I've checked...
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    jcustis Reply

    I fear that the taliban in this area are comprised of a variety of differing elements. Foreigners and key commanders have probably split to preserve themselves. According to NYT, IIRC, the shadow...
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    Steve The Planner Reply

    Impossible...

    ...with an invisible but inpenetrable force field.:D

    Here's one nice lil' read about the Tupamaro movement.

    Here's a better movie-State Of Siege.

    Battle of Algiers, also,...
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    jmm99 Reply

    At least those 80,000-100,000 troops will be securing the really important places...

    ...you know, where the hotels, beds, and airports are so our politicians, generals, and scholars can get in and...
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    tequila Reply

    Hmmm...

    I see a need to elaborate.

    O.K.

    I guess I presumed SWJ is a hobby for professionals from related arenas. If sole-sourced from here, that might be a bit of a bummer...:D

    Thanks.
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    Steve The Planner Reply

    I appreciate that you offer your views or, at least a personal summary of other views, instead of some article devoid of personally attached commentary/context.



    Yup, if the ABC/BBC/ARD poll...
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    A.q.

    Nice comments gents but why are you talking about A.Q. in Afghanistan if that's the target and mission?:rolleyes:

    The number of A.Q. operatives and senior commanders we've caught or killed there...
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    Mutually Exclusive Nation

    So it follows that we'll be restricted to the few cities that can be quietly and slowly strangled?

    Are there GREAT BIG FENCES we'll be erecting around these towns? If in one can you go to the...
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    1.) Your solution, whatever it really is, won't wash with our public. The problem there probably isn't the casualties we'll incur. We've been warned to expect as much. It is simply that we've the...
  22. Cav Guy Reply

    Pardon me but I thought I was clear-get out.

    Accept egg on our face, lick our wounds, and await the emergence of targets not requiring another Armitage moment.

    This, as constituted or any...
  23. Cav Guy Reply

    That's just not true. Add up the populations of those towns you intend to occupy to interminable and useless purpose and compare it to the C.I.A.'s latest and downsized estimate of the overall...
  24. Steve The Planner Reply

    We share the same first name.



    Afghanistan isn't the problem. It isn't even the issue. We treat-very, very badly btw, the symptom which is Afghanistan.



    Which is it-months or years? If...
  25. Demographics

    I've looked at the demographics a bit and if you add the sum total of Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Lashkar Gal, Herat, Konduz, and Mazur-I-Sharif, secure them (but for shabnamah) you will have have...
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