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  1. OK, then we quit both. This is not going to...

    OK, then we quit both. This is not going to convince anyone anyway.

    The article wasn't great and no better than an ordinary forum post somewhere in the vast internet and it's not worth to argue...
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    hemp? fibers? edit: Wow, you assume there's...

    hemp? fibers?


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    Wow, you assume there's only one person in the world with my name and trade?
    Great display of judgement.
  3. 80 km = 40 km to left and 40 km to the right,...

    80 km = 40 km to left and 40 km to the right, enough safety distance to most enemy artillery. That's where 80 km diameter comes from. Of course nobody needs 80km runway. But just securing an airfield...
  4. OK, one after another. - Pakistan, India,...

    OK, one after another.

    - Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Algeria, North Korea, Colombia, Venezuela, Brasilia, Chile, Peru, Mexico. Just to name a few. It doesn't take more than standard...
  5. The problem in defending an airhead such that an...

    The problem in defending an airhead such that an air force would dare to send lots of transport aircraft to land on that airfield is the artillery threat.

    I don't know why exactly you trained...
  6. "How do you think Strykers get where they need to...

    "How do you think Strykers get where they need to be? They need a secure airfield. One of the METL missions for both the 82nd and 75 Ranger Regiment is airfield seizure. It gives us the inherent...
  7. Mainland China doesn't need insurgent tactics...

    Mainland China doesn't need insurgent tactics against heavy forces. It can simply resort to significant quantities of light infantry as it did in the Korean War.
    Such troops would be very tough to...
  8. "I heard this from Paul Bremer's own mouth in...

    "I heard this from Paul Bremer's own mouth in 2002 when I asked him that at the National Press Club. "
    :confused:

    The last article reminds me of the Vietnam myth that no fight with VC was ever...
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    Well, the exact numbers aren't so important. The...

    Well, the exact numbers aren't so important.
    The question is rather whether terrorists can/want/will produce a supply shock that exceeds what we experience since two years as everyday experience.
    ...
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    The problem here is that you miss my point even...

    The problem here is that you miss my point even mroe than I missed your point which you didn't write in the first place.

    1. Historical fact: Muslim terrorists don't blow up 50% of a nation's oil...
  11. I know that 82nd was used several times in the...

    I know that 82nd was used several times in the Iraq occupation as normal infantry division, but fail to understand why you mention that.
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    We were talking about economic aspects and I...

    We were talking about economic aspects and I mentioned my qualification to tell that I don't need be educated on econonomics basics, not to imply that someone else is unqualified in this discussion....
  13. OK, I buy it that the diversion effect of...

    OK, I buy it that the diversion effect of large-scale airborne capabilities is useful in conventional war. The enemy needs to keep reserves far to the rear.
    That's not exactly what you want him t do...
  14. There are several points that one can disagree...

    There are several points that one can disagree with in the article.
    But what astonishes me is that here and in another forum a couple of days ago the people focused so much on the rooftop landing...
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    There will be a recession in the next couple of...

    There will be a recession in the next couple of years anyway. Several nations have accumulated enough problems to guarantee that. An oil crisis would not completely add up to that, as a corporation...
  16. Oh guys, why do you beat Meyer so much? Did he...

    Oh guys, why do you beat Meyer so much? Did he assault anyone of you? Let's stick to the text itself, please. Neither biography nor person are interesting, just the idea itself. A man should be rated...
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    All true, but there are other sides as well. By...

    All true, but there are other sides as well. By the way, I'm macro economist by trade to date.

    The global oil market means that if Saudi Arabia decided not to deliver oil to state A, but instead...
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    According to CIA World Factbook, the U.S. had a...

    According to CIA World Factbook, the U.S. had a net import of about 12 million bbl/day in 2004. Using 75 $/bbl, this is 328.5 billion US-$ per year.
    That's considerably less than the DoD budget and...
  19. Hmm, I would say that the American style of war...

    Hmm, I would say that the American style of war dates back to 1917 when the French educated the American officers on modern warfare, including their point of view on firepower and battle plans (wow,...
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    There were some ideological movements, but most...

    There were some ideological movements, but most were too easy to defeat to give much insight.
    The Boxer uprising was interesting, for example.
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    I believe the socialistic system rather collapsed...

    I believe the socialistic system rather collapsed once it had accumulated enough problems over time. The primary problem being that they competed on even level in the arms race with much less...
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    Actually, I don't think it's a grand strategy....

    Actually, I don't think it's a grand strategy. Grand strategy should involve much more, this one is just a strategy of how to deal with a specific foe.
    It's furthermore very unilateral and -I'm...
  23. It was rarely a problem to get into Afhanistan in...

    It was rarely a problem to get into Afhanistan in the right season, or to install yourself in power in Kabul.
    The historical pattern is that every foreigner was thrown out after some time, even if...
  24. If people would care about historical parallels,...

    If people would care about historical parallels, they would have laughed when someone proposed to invade Afghanistan and stay there till some (whatever) job was done...
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    I know, building something up to win hearts &...

    I know, building something up to win hearts & minds and so on in in fashion.
    But in the case of Afghanistan, I simply don't understand why so many people focus on that and the fighting.

    As I see...
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