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    Bill, I have been asking CRS to update this...

    Bill,

    I have been asking CRS to update this report for years but there has been not request from Congress to do so. Here is another resource on provocations in the past 25 years from CSIS' Beyond...
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    Fair enough. If that is the criteria so be it. ...

    Fair enough. If that is the criteria so be it. But career politicians and lawyers they are all not.
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    Which ones were career politicians? A term or...

    Which ones were career politicians? A term or two as governor (and Bush 1 never held an elected office until he was VPOTUS) does not seem to make a career politician. A peanut farmer (state senator...
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    I do not think Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, or Bush 2...

    I do not think Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, or Bush 2 were lawyers. Bush 2 was the first President to have an MBA.
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    Poll: Information and Influence Activities in north Korea

    A lot of this is being done by defector organizations. The amount of Korean news and Korean television dramas (on DVDs, thumb drives, and the Chinese video players) which are loved by the Korean...
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    Poll: CSIS: Deter North Korea with subversive information Posted on January 29, 2016 by Jos

    See Joshua Stanton's recent blog post here:
    CSIS: Deter North Korea with subversive information
    Posted on January 29, 2016 by Joshua Stanton...
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    I still think Bruce Hoffman's definition of...

    I still think Bruce Hoffman's definition of terrorism in Inside Terrorism is the most timeless (and timely):
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    Poll: Actually what it may show is how long it takes to...

    Actually what it may show is how long it takes to get a peer reviewed article published in an academic journal. I will bet that he wrote the article many months ago.
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    It is all about politics whether in peace,...

    It is all about politics whether in peace, conflict, and war. That is the thread that connects all of these human situations.
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    Assessing Revolution and Insurgent Strategy Project

    Although I have posted this before on SWJ I will repost it for those who are interested in studying revolutions and insurgent strategies. This is a very useful resource for those who take the time...
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    Dau Tranh Strategy: Integrated political and Military Struggle

    In case you cannot download the attachment here is the text.

    Political Struggle:

    Dan Van - Action among your people - total mobilization of propaganda, motivational & organizational measures to...
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    The "model" in Vietnam was Dau Tranh not Mao (though can be argued a variation on Mao

    Dau Tranh--Vietnamese Model
    2 Elements--political and armed
    Opponent loses unless he wins both
    Organization is goal of Vietnamese variant
    Victory to side with strongest and most...
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    David Donovan's book "Once a Warrior King" had a...

    David Donovan's book "Once a Warrior King" had a lot of influence over me in my early career in the 1980's. I hope this book is as influential for others. I just ordered it from Amazon.
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    Poll: Anyone find a copy of this piece that is not...

    Anyone find a copy of this piece that is not behind the firewall? I do not have a subscription to The Australian.

    Thanks
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    Poll: Bill: The comment you are referring to about...

    Bill:
    The comment you are referring to about 1994 was not mine but is from "ganulv" above (I was there in 1994 and I remember it sure seemed like more than a blip). In my blog at the link I offer...
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    Poll: My thoughts on a potential offramp for Kim Jong Un

    at this link:
    http://maxoki161.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-does-north-korea-off-ramp-this.html
  17. An Alternative Perspective

    With all due respect but I wonder if this type of long term continuity is not an issue for us in Afghanistan. Has the advice provided over the tenures of seven commanders been sound? Again with all...
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    Excellent point Bill. On a related note I am...

    Excellent point Bill. On a related note I am also always curious to know what people think will replace the State? It is true there are a lot of non-state actors who wield a lot of power from...
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    Poll: Please see the article linked here: 09/06/2012...

    Please see the article linked here:

    09/06/2012 16:42
    NORTH KOREA - CHINA
    After Chinese voice criticism, Pyongyang reacts harshly...
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    Poll: Carl, Some very good questions. To the first,...

    Carl,

    Some very good questions. To the first, I would say the regime elite absolutely knows the reality of the north's relative power which is why they feel they absolutely have to have nuclear...
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    Poll: Bill, I do not think I have suggested blindly...

    Bill,

    I do not think I have suggested blindly following any so-called expert. I think I have suggested throughout my comments that we need to study the situation on the Peninsula and that many of...
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    Poll: Bill, If you read my work you might see that I...

    Bill,
    If you read my work you might see that I cite experts from across the spectrum (even Bruce Cumings who claimed for many years that the US started the Korean War) to include north Koreans. I...
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    Poll: I would also offer this for those who want to...

    I would also offer this for those who want to understand more about north Korea. Andrei Lankov (truth in lending I have known him for many years) was a Soviet Citizen who studied in Pyongyang, is...
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    Poll: I received this important comment (and very...

    I received this important comment (and very succinct analysis) in response to the article below from a Korea Hand which should be studied by anyone who wants to understand north Korea. He is one of...
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    Poll: Mr. Fuchs, I will ask the Minister of...

    Mr. Fuchs,

    I will ask the Minister of Unification when I attend a meeting with him in two weeks when he is here visiting the states.
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