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  1. So you're cool with anyone who considers the...

    So you're cool with anyone who considers the narrative in Matthew 27:25 "the facts." Because I'm not.
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    Ask and yea shall receive. Seriously, I think...

    Ask and yea shall receive.

    Seriously, I think he "switched sides." I think he felt - and I'm just talking about his thoughts in his mind, not saying I or anyone else agree with them - that he...
  3. We didn't give a @#$% about the villages before...

    We didn't give a @#$% about the villages before 9/11. Long as they don't attack America from there, I don't see why we should care about them now.

    The trick is to make sure AQ doesn't slip back...
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    I think you need a little McChrystal a little...

    I think you need a little McChrystal a little Biden. COIN in the cities, CT in the mountains. Unfortunately, that requires the maximum resources and there is no end game. You're doing CT as long...
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    I've been meaning to discuss this exact issue in...

    I've been meaning to discuss this exact issue in a thread about Afghan geography and COIN, but I don't see this working in Afghanistan. Too many miles of road, too few villages, too many bad guys...
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    I don't think it's strategy so much as terrain. ...

    I don't think it's strategy so much as terrain. There's a reason all the other counter insurgents failed too. Np one can cover all the terrain.

    But it's starting to look like this attack is pure...
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    And terrain. And no history of effective central...

    And terrain. And no history of effective central government. And a history of successfulyl resisting COIN efforts. And sanctuary in Pakistan.
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    The way COIN is supposed to work is first you...

    The way COIN is supposed to work is first you control the population, then the population tells you where the Taliban and are setting up the ambushes.



    I was going to make the same point. The...
  9. Are you comfortable with 10,000 casualties to...

    Are you comfortable with 10,000 casualties to establish the Normandy beach head? If so, then isn't your issue not with the loss of life, but the apparent lack of a beachhead?
  10. I was going to say this, but it is much better...

    I was going to say this, but it is much better said by someone who was there. Still, I think it bares repeating. The issue isn't ROE. It's insufficient resources to execute the strategy.
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    So are some council members, but you learn to...

    So are some council members, but you learn to love them. :D
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    I subscribe it to an eye for an eye is more fun...

    I subscribe it to an eye for an eye is more fun than turning the other cheek. Until you figure out the other guys doesn't just sit around waiting for you to take his eye.

    Europe has figured out...
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    Obviously, one who doesn't read The Small Wars...

    Obviously, one who doesn't read The Small Wars Journal.
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    1) Do they have enough manpower to do what was...

    1) Do they have enough manpower to do what was suggested?
    2) Why do you say "None of the marines in the video can see a target?" Reporter said they identified fire from 5 pairs of bad guys, hit...
  15. Poll: Then they are morally equal. Whatever works for...

    Then they are morally equal. Whatever works for that culture is moral.
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    Irregulars can control their loss rate by hiding...

    Irregulars can control their loss rate by hiding in the population. Something the Luffwaffe - for exampe - couldn't do. Therefore, if you strategy is "kill more insurgents," your strategy is easily...
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    Can I assume then that you agree with Hamas? The...

    Can I assume then that you agree with Hamas? The only way the Palestinians will ever get their own country is by overcoming the other armed group?
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    If that's true, then there is no reason to say. ...

    If that's true, then there is no reason to say. We're only there becasue we were attacked from there, and if we're not going to be attacked form there again, we have no reason to stay.
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    Doubt it will go over so well with the teenage...

    Doubt it will go over so well with the teenage fundamentalists on the jihad websites. "Die like a martyr or dress like a girl: you decide", is probably not their most effective recruiting slogan.

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    I thought how to tell the difference between a...

    I thought how to tell the difference between a woman and a man dressed as a woman was something all soldiers learned on R&R.:D
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    My bad. I didn't realize you guys needed to be...

    My bad. I didn't realize you guys needed to be told, "Check for hairy feet.":D

    "Apparently these were tall, rather broad-shouldered women with hairy feet," Pelletier said.

    Still. Having us...
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    New ROE seem to be working. ...

    New ROE seem to be working.
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    Lots of intelligent comments. When you're being...

    Lots of intelligent comments. When you're being population centric, there really is no rush. The population was there in 2001. They'll be there in 2021. It really doesn't matter if the enemy...
  24. A paranoid psychopathic sadistic one. Anyone...

    A paranoid psychopathic sadistic one. Anyone trying to replace Saddam with Islamist would've been tortured and killed. To suggest otherwise is to suggest Saddam "wasn't that bad" that he actually...
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    War is a bloody, expensive way to resolve human...

    War is a bloody, expensive way to resolve human differences. Even the winners pay a heavy cost. Something that always seems to be forgotten in the run up to a war and never, ever makes it into a...
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