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Forum: Futurists & Theorists 07-01-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 87,689
Posted By Steve the Planner
Razor's Edge. To Backwards Observer's...

Razor's Edge.

To Backwards Observer's selection, I am on my third lifetime read of this book.

Curious provenance that I think is accurate. Christopher Isherwood was in Berlin (He was the...
Forum: Middle East 07-18-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Ciurmudgeon: Thanks to Joel Wing (Musings on...

Ciurmudgeon:

Thanks to Joel Wing (Musings on Iraq), I was just re-reading his re-pubs of the SIGIR stuff on the planning for war part of Iraq. Everyone had a different picture, some had facts...
Forum: Middle East 07-18-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Bob: Right across the Board. Options:...

Bob:

Right across the Board.

Options: Take out Saddam and his main deck of cards, and you are actually left with a mixed army including Kurds.

Kurds, however, were only one possible leverage...
Forum: Strategic Compression 07-18-2012
Replies: 338
Views: 100,411
Posted By Steve the Planner
I, for one, enjoyed flipping the turrets off of...

I, for one, enjoyed flipping the turrets off of all of those little tanks with 105s and 152s (M60A1s and A2s) at Hohenfels.

Another Old Guy, I guess.
Forum: Middle East 07-18-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Ken: Used to hear folks talking about the...

Ken:

Used to hear folks talking about the books they were gonna write about Iraq when it was over. Always wondered who they were going to sell these books to. Iraqis---the real target...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 07-18-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 8,562
Posted By Steve the Planner
PS: Bear in mind that when the money dries...

PS:

Bear in mind that when the money dries up, so to does the influence.

Why call you if you aren't going to "fix it?"

Where does that take you?
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 07-18-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 8,562
Posted By Steve the Planner
SFAT: This is ditto Iraq c. 2008. As...

SFAT:

This is ditto Iraq c. 2008.

As long as we are there, we impede their own sense of self-responsibility.

It has to go the way of getting the US out of the business of running...
Forum: Middle East 07-18-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Dahuyan: Agree with the BIG insight:...

Dahuyan:

Agree with the BIG insight: Planning better was not the problem, nor the route to the "if only we would have...." solution.

First, planning better should have materially changed the...
Forum: Middle East 07-18-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Slap: Right. The pathways are there but they...

Slap:

Right. The pathways are there but they never meet in the operational plan.

The one thing myself and other keep coming to is: How to engage the actual people that are the focus of all of...
Forum: Middle East 07-17-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Curmudgeon: The immortal and heartfelt words...

Curmudgeon:

The immortal and heartfelt words of Jack Nicholas in Mars Attacks: "Can't we all just----get along?"

As Dahyan says: Who is the WE?

Steve
Forum: Middle East 07-17-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 89,624
Posted By Steve the Planner
Mike: The brutality of Iraq for the twenty...

Mike:

The brutality of Iraq for the twenty years before 2003 was unprecedented, systematic, institutionalized, long before we came along...

The idea that we missed in our Light Brigade mission...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-28-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Ticker Tape Parade?

Salt Lake Tribune article provides the following quotes from NYC:



But the story goes on to say 'don't hold your breathe.'
...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-21-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
The Real Legacy & Context

Kansas City Star provides a good recap of the importance of the Iraq mission---the mass graves for 400,000 Shias and political opponents, and 180,000 Kurds:
...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Musings on Iraq has this recap: ...

Musings on Iraq has this recap:

http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2011/12/premier-maliki-lashes-out-at-his.html
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
The latest from Christian Science Monitor on...

The latest from Christian Science Monitor on post-withdrawal Iraq:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2011/1220/Could-Iraq-descend-into-a-civil-war-again
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
PS: The UN Inspectors were right: There were...

PS:

The UN Inspectors were right: There were no WMDs.

But that was not the point.

Every week, the present Iraqi government goes out into the desert, turns a shovel and finds another mass...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Mike: I have a little different perspective....

Mike:

I have a little different perspective.

Having assessed the infrastructure and essential public services systems in the North in 2008, two things were immediately evident:

1. A feather...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Mike: As you know, I have been involved in...

Mike:

As you know, I have been involved in the COIN debate through the recent FP articles, and would love to see a credible and exhaustive review of COIN and the issues raised their (maybe we...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-19-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
The Daily Mail carries a picture of the...

The Daily Mail carries a picture of the Iraq-Kuwait gate being closed after the last convoy arrives.
...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-18-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Jcustis and Bill: Sometimes, we should just...

Jcustis and Bill:

Sometimes, we should just let well enough alone.

My preference, as the one who started this thread, would be happy just to leave it with your last two hauntingly eloquent and...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-17-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Dayuhan: The roofs are very heavily...

Dayuhan:

The roofs are very heavily reinforced for routine mortaring (and sealable for gas attacks), but there are plenty of helo landing points on site below the exterior wall elevation.
...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-17-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
David: No, there is a marine contingent, but...

David:

No, there is a marine contingent, but half are embassy staff and half private security (the thing Iraqis objected to the most).
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-17-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Ken: Nothing more telling than to see it...

Ken:

Nothing more telling than to see it from the other side of the Tigris (the Red Zone).

It is, with all portents, a broad and highly visible edifice.

Steve
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-17-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Dayuhan: Like Ken says, Tank Thinkers like...

Dayuhan:

Like Ken says, Tank Thinkers like Mr. Cordesman should very much no better than to be pushing/blaming Obama for all the SOFA deficiencies (in his opinion) and past Iraq issues which were...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 12-16-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 25,261
Posted By Steve the Planner
Dayuhan: That was good enough to earn a...

Dayuhan:

That was good enough to earn a writer's slot on John Stewart, Steven Colbert....
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