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    Arguements about shared economic interests...

    Arguements about shared economic interests (pre-WWI) or sociological/ideological hopefulness (Kellog-Briand crew) making the likelyhood of interstate warfare less likely tend to be disproven by...
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    The Army used to tacitly support prostitution in...

    The Army used to tacitly support prostitution in Korea with health checks and such; however, USFK is proactive in fighting prostitution.
  3. Niel, good interview. You ae very...

    Niel,

    good interview. You ae very true on he conventional capability concerns, and I am speaking as someone in an HBCT that should only be focused on high intensity operations (Korea). ...
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    I see from the post, that there are some...

    I see from the post, that there are some "vintage" or "retro" perspectives out here. The biggest change I have seen during my time in Iraq, is that the light guys have come to see that the mech guys...
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    SGMGrumpy, Those figures do not...

    SGMGrumpy,

    Those figures do not include contract workers. AID has been successfully using contract workers over the years in standard developmental models. The problem that has creeped...
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    There are othe YG's that are even more irked...

    There are othe YG's that are even more irked about this than others.

    Tom: You ain't living in Louisiana unless you are living south of I-10!

    Some thoughts from my foxhole:

    I agree with...
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    GEN P told Congress duirng his confirmation that...

    GEN P told Congress duirng his confirmation that he would brief them in September, and he did that. If he had not, there would be all kinds of shenannigans going on. I think that the commander on...
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    A couple of points: The interagency "manual"...

    A couple of points:

    The interagency "manual" isn't a manual, it is a guide. the guide serves as an educational tool. It's focus is to educate senior policy makers on the civilian side of...
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    As impressive as the current Iraq head-shed is,...

    As impressive as the current Iraq head-shed is, they are the exception and not the rule (regrettably). Systemically, there are some issues in how the DoS views regions. The militayr has a pretty...
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    Poll: Politicians have roles that they play. These...

    Politicians have roles that they play. These roles are occaisionally not in the best interest of the entire nation, just the interest of their parties. These are generally known as partisan issues....
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    Strategic LT, You are doing what you...

    Strategic LT,

    You are doing what you need to do as far s the train-up goes. Your big COIN focus is that you are apparently preparing your soldiers to perform non-traditional artillery...
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    Interestingly enough, there appears to be a...

    Interestingly enough, there appears to be a recent "surge" of positive news about the intial success of the military "surge" in Iraq. What is somewhat disconcerting, is that nobody, in the media,...
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    There will be plenty of blame game stuff in Dc...

    There will be plenty of blame game stuff in Dc betwene the politicians. Fortunately, the military really won't be dragged into it, other than in a couple of very specifci instances where the...
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    Well, are we going to be the Greeks or the Romans?

    Well, are we going to be the Greeks or the Romans?
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    Fascinating discussion, and one I heard earlier...

    Fascinating discussion, and one I heard earlier today at work. Personally, i think COL McMaster will make a great G.O. Notice I used "will" not "would". McMaster didn't get picked up BZ for O-7,...
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    Mapsource is going to have what people paid to...

    Mapsource is going to have what people paid to have on there. Having used a Garmin 630csx mapping GPS in the greater NOVA area for the last 6 months, some things show up in national Parks/Historic...
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    Ricks' didn't really understand the "mosaic" that...

    Ricks' didn't really understand the "mosaic" that is the Iraqi insurgency. So in ignoring that, he makes faulty compairisons of techniques and procedures used by different American units. His...
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    Actually a really good model does exist; we just...

    Actually a really good model does exist; we just never bothered to look at it. The German model for vetting East German military officers into the Bundeswehr after re-unification provides a good...
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    I have to agree with steve on Fiasco. Ricks'...

    I have to agree with steve on Fiasco. Ricks' lets some of his biases color what could have been a much better book. He has made some comparisons that are just not valid.
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    It will be interesting to see where this concept...

    It will be interesting to see where this concept goes, not that it is necessarily new. Hopefully it doesn't wind up in the circular file.
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    DoD is implementing 3000.5, and that is the...

    DoD is implementing 3000.5, and that is the organization that the directive applies to. This is potenialy a systemic fix, that means it will take time and resources. 3000.5 does not apply to the...
  22. Mike is a really great guy.

    Mike is a really great guy.
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    The Utility of Force[I] by Rupert Smith ...

    The Utility of Force[I] by Rupert Smith

    [I]Occupation of Iraq on standby
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    Don't know on this one kaur.

    Don't know on this one kaur.
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    The real problem is people see service tied...

    The real problem is people see service tied directly to the military. This enables both side os the political spectrum to dismiss the concept (pointed out in earlier post). The real question is why...
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