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Forum: South Asia 03-14-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 33,696
Posted By SteveMetz
This kind of stuff is why I'm perplexed every...

This kind of stuff is why I'm perplexed every time someone refers to Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran is in a very distant second place.
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 08-22-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 61,661
Posted By SteveMetz
A wise strategy is one where the expected...

A wise strategy is one where the expected benefits--increased security--justify the expected strategic costs (blood, money, lost opportunities). This does not meet that standard.
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-23-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 8,796
Posted By SteveMetz
Remember that the whole objective of a Ph.D. is...

Remember that the whole objective of a Ph.D. is to make a theoretical advance in your field. So the initial question is what field are you considering? Organizational behavior? History? Political...
Forum: Training & Education 05-16-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 20,338
Posted By SteveMetz
I think an important question is what's your...

I think an important question is what's your intent? Do you plan on using it within DoD, or to seek a position in civilian academia?
Forum: Americas 04-22-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
No he's not just any incarcerated person in any...

No he's not just any incarcerated person in any country--he's a convenient wedge that America haters have found useful to leverage, a stalking horse. I think it's incumbent on you to explain exactly...
Forum: Americas 04-22-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
So what you're advocating is that whenever an...

So what you're advocating is that whenever an incarcerated person in any country complains about conditions, there is an international investigation? Or does this rule just apply to the United...
Forum: Americas 04-22-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
First of all, the Red Cross in Guantanamo is not...

First of all, the Red Cross in Guantanamo is not an analogy. The issue there was that one nation was holding citizens of a different nation. The Red Cross does not investigate every nation when a...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
DoD officials have said that his treatment is the...

DoD officials have said that his treatment is the same as other detainees. I assume it would take some evidence to the contrary other than statements by his lawyer and fans to instigate an...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
My point has nothing to do with being pissed off....

My point has nothing to do with being pissed off. It has to do with military officials saying one thing and Manning saying something different, and my assessment of which of the two are more...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
I got to about the third sentence of the article....

I got to about the third sentence of the article. When the author simply repeated Manning's story line about "inhumane treatment" as if it were fact, I recognized the story was propaganda, not...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 40,075
Posted By SteveMetz
Officials at the detention center said Manning...

Officials at the detention center said Manning was not "forced" to stand naked during roll call, but elected to. If the accusations are accurate, Manning is a chronic liar with a victim complex. He...
Forum: Media, Information & Cyber Warriors 03-08-2011
Replies: 65
Views: 39,636
Posted By SteveMetz
I don't have a position on Manning's treatment...

I don't have a position on Manning's treatment since I don't know anything beyond what I read in the papers. But if this group does attack people as a result of their performance of official duties,...
Forum: Media, Information & Cyber Warriors 03-05-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 11,516
Posted By SteveMetz
There's a big problem in this sort of thing. ...

There's a big problem in this sort of thing. Americans, like other cultures that developed out of the European Enlightenment, believe in an objective truth that is separate from whoever is...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 01-20-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 9,245
Posted By SteveMetz
"The academics at SWJ only show their fcukin'...

"The academics at SWJ only show their fcukin' faces when they've a book to sell, i.e. Steve Metz and, even there are disdainful of general engagement."

S-2 post of 09 Feb 10, 13:25...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 01-18-2011
Replies: 129
Views: 58,667
Posted By SteveMetz
This plan only makes sense if one of two...

This plan only makes sense if one of two conditions hold:

1) We believe the Afghan forces will eventually have more success than NATO forces in militarily defeating the Taliban;

or

2) We...
Forum: Law Enforcement 01-18-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 15,378
Posted By SteveMetz
Max Manwaring...

Max Manwaring (http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=876) has also noted the similarities.
Forum: Law Enforcement 01-18-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 15,378
Posted By SteveMetz
I've been making that suggestion for a number of...

I've been making that suggestion for a number of years.
Forum: Middle East 01-15-2011
Replies: 181
Views: 93,195
Posted By SteveMetz
I'm exchanging email with a guy writing a Ph.D....

I'm exchanging email with a guy writing a Ph.D. thesis on it at the Turkish War College. I could link you up with him.
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 01-13-2011
Replies: 280
Views: 160,369
Posted By SteveMetz
Sherman was not a five star. I also think...

Sherman was not a five star.

I also think the notion is not a good one. I can't see the purpose. Perhaps if there actually is a decisive victory at some point rather than...
Forum: Small Wars Council / Journal 01-09-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 24,831
Posted By SteveMetz
I made a post that provided a unified field...

I made a post that provided a unified field theory of insurgency and conclusively resolved the Afghan problem. I was wondering where it went. Oh well, easy come, easy go.
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 11-17-2010
Replies: 105
Views: 33,628
Posted By SteveMetz
Personally I don't huge value in changing...

Personally I don't huge value in changing military doctrine so long as the deeply flawed, essentially colonial strategy that is it designed to execute persists. And only civilian leaders can do that.
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 11-08-2010
Replies: 107
Views: 76,286
Posted By SteveMetz
Word. Tactical acumen cannot compensate for a...

Word. Tactical acumen cannot compensate for a failed strategy. Afghanistan anyone?
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-01-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 367,976
Posted By SteveMetz
Thing is, the vast majority of nations which have...

Thing is, the vast majority of nations which have poverty, repression, corruption, etc. never experience internal conflict using a strategy of insurgency. I think Westerners coming from the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-29-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 367,976
Posted By SteveMetz
External War as a Pallative Against Insurgency

Here's an idea I'm playing with as I continue to work on the "reconceptualizing insurgency" manuscript I've been struggling with for the past couple of months.

Internal conflicts involving a...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 10-27-2010
Replies: 0
Views: 3,353
Posted By SteveMetz
Incessant Opportunities: a war blog

A parody

By Cy Kofant

October 19, 2011

1090 words

Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan- Today General Robert W. Smith held his first press conference since being tapped as the chief...
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