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Forum: OEF - Philippines 02-28-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 20,141
Posted By Bob's World
Great report and insights. I've never been there...

Great report and insights. I've never been there (sounds beautiful, if tragic), but this rings very accurate.
Forum: Adversary / Threat 02-19-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 3,417
Posted By Bob's World
Carl, actually it is you espousing ideological...

Carl, actually it is you espousing ideological nonsense. I tolerate your binded shots in my general direction, and I realize many are equally as ideolgogically blinded as yourself and agree in large...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 02-19-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 3,417
Posted By Bob's World
Anyone who voluteers to go fight in someone...

Anyone who voluteers to go fight in someone else's war for anything other than significant money is an "extremist." After all, what could be more extreme behavior?

But to assume these people are...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 02-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,432
Posted By Bob's World
IMO, the biggest problem is that we insist on...

IMO, the biggest problem is that we insist on forcing every conflict, regardless of nature or form, into the Clausewitzian war box.

I think we are better served if we recognize two broad...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 02-10-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 6,817
Posted By Bob's World
"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind...

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." Albert Einstein...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 02-07-2014
Replies: 684
Views: 53,448
Posted By Bob's World
There is a tremendous chasm between the...

There is a tremendous chasm between the perception of if one party to a dispute is "threatening" or if the other party feels "threatened." It is within this chasm that miscalculation and unintended...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 02-06-2014
Replies: 684
Views: 53,448
Posted By Bob's World
Concur in all with Dayuhan. This is only a...

Concur in all with Dayuhan.

This is only a military problem because our Civilian leaders are not proactively dealing with the looming policy problem. The status quo formed with a powerful US and...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 02-05-2014
Replies: 684
Views: 53,448
Posted By Bob's World
The largest "free rider" of US naval power is...

The largest "free rider" of US naval power is China; just as the US was once the largest free rider of British naval power. The Monroe Doctrine served us well during those key developmental years...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 02-02-2014
Replies: 684
Views: 53,448
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, It just dawned on me the...

Bill,

It just dawned on me the parallels between your argument (PACOM's argument) above today, and the one they routinely made 7-10 years ago.

Then it was about how many Muslims lived...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 01-23-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 2,573
Posted By Bob's World
As I think about this, weapons and tactics only...

As I think about this, weapons and tactics only define ways of fighting, not types of warfare.

Whether one is fist fighting, knife fighting, gun fighting or nuke fighting; the weapon only...
Forum: Europe 01-16-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,886
Posted By Bob's World
Much of what has violently challenged us in the...

Much of what has violently challenged us in the past couple of decades is not truly "war," so while certainly US leadership has been strategically confused in terms of what it has tried to do and how...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-11-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
I personally think if we truly want to be a...

I personally think if we truly want to be a "world leader" we need to avoid slants toward any particular party to the degree possible, and seek to be as balanced in our approach to the world as...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-10-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
My thought for the day: Like the...

My thought for the day:




Like the BCS Championship game, it is far better to play ugly and win in the end, than it is to execute a brilliant, dominating gameplan for over three quarters to...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-09-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Stepping back a bit, the attached link take one...

Stepping back a bit, the attached link take one to a paper on a topic that is at least as important today as it was when it was written.
...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-08-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Actually, I said that ideology is like a rifle. ...

Actually, I said that ideology is like a rifle. In that I need one to fight, but if mine is somehow "defeated" by my enemy or stops working for whatever reason, any functional rifle will do.
...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-08-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
As I said, a similiar evolution of how people...

As I said, a similiar evolution of how people think about religion and how that affects the ability of governments to employ a single interpretation of religion as a population control measure is...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-08-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Religion is powerful stuff. Historically...

Religion is powerful stuff. Historically religion is the tool employed by governments to control the people under their governance. This evolved over the past 500 years in the West, but is just...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-07-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Actually the era of perhaps the most favorable US...

Actually the era of perhaps the most favorable US influence in the greater Middle East was established and nurtured through Christian NGOs - missionaries.

Arriving in the Ottoman Empire full of...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-07-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Rory did a 2011 TED talk on Afghanistan that is...

Rory did a 2011 TED talk on Afghanistan that is worth a listen as well. About 20 min
...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-06-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
The primary thing that is unpredictable is...

The primary thing that is unpredictable is "when"; "to what degree" and "how."
Those are very important tactical criteria, but largely irrelevant to designing and implementing an effective foreign...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-06-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
And yet, all of these events were either totally...

And yet, all of these events were either totally predictable or actaully caused (Iraq) by us.

Human activity is impossible to predict, but human nature is largely constant. The better we develop...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-06-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Good discussions. I wish they were being held...

Good discussions. I wish they were being held higher and more formally, but the longest journey...

Crowd sourcing this concept is being very helpful for me as I push this concept upwards at...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-05-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
Hopefully we do not "change sides," but rather...

Hopefully we do not "change sides," but rather move to a posture that is far more neutral and pragmatic across all of the governments and populations of the region. Great Britain thought "changing...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-05-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
That is indeed the $64,000 question. It is the...

That is indeed the $64,000 question. It is the conversation that should have been the center of the QDR but was never asked; and it should have been the banner on the wall for the new NSS writing...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 01-05-2014
Replies: 220
Views: 11,518
Posted By Bob's World
American Pride, The US is the biggest...

American Pride,

The US is the biggest fish in the pond, and we must have a foreign policy, and that foreign policy will be hard on some and good for others. We are not distilled water poured...
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