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    “Battleworn”. It is a memoir of UK combat medic...

    “Battleworn”. It is a memoir of UK combat medic Charlotte Taylor’s time in the slog that was Helmand Province.

    It is pretty choppy and ridden with cliches, making it harder for me to read than...
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    That is an excellent find David, for a number of...

    That is an excellent find David, for a number of reasons.
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    The realist in me says that “defeat” is no longer...

    The realist in me says that “defeat” is no longer in the cards.
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    Iíve long considered this rebellion most relevant...

    Iíve long considered this rebellion most relevant to courses of action to defeat the TB in AFG. Alas, Pakistanís proximity and degree of support tilts the situation.
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    The more I that I think through the problem, the...

    The more I that I think through the problem, the more I believe the U.S. should just round up the money to fund the reconstruction, re-settlement, infrastructure repair/upgrades we’d have to deal...
  6. Indeed.

    Indeed.
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    I am not surprised at all that Russian-sponsored...

    I am not surprised at all that Russian-sponsored bots have been deployed to serve as foot soldiers in these disinformation campaigns.

    https://www.byline.com/column/67/article/1906
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    But bombs going off in cargo holds don't...

    But bombs going off in cargo holds don't necessarily cause flash burn injuries.

    Exploding fuel might cause that, and when you look at the photos of the airframe wreckage on the ground (sans the...
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    My guess is they are not flying over the Sinai...

    My guess is they are not flying over the Sinai for illogical reasons, the seats just can't be sold, and they have to show due diligence on being "careful".

    No matter the final determination of the...
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    This seems to show that the only thing missing...

    This seems to show that the only thing missing onthe ground was the tail:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/01/russian-plane-crash-airbus-broke-up-in-mid-air
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    The facts don't add up to an IS attack at the...

    The facts don't add up to an IS attack at the moment.

    The aircraft was at 31K feet when contact was lost, and air traffic control radar analysis has highlighted a rapid drop (less than 30...
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    Yes, the reality of Sunni populations in Iraq has...

    Yes, the reality of Sunni populations in Iraq has to be reconciled with in any future incarnation of the Iraqi state.
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    Shi'a Arabs would not be a minority in any Iraq...

    Shi'a Arabs would not be a minority in any Iraq that had not broken down into three autonomous regions.

    http://www.iranreview.org/file/cms/files/iraq-ethnoreligious-groups-2003-2013.jpg

    I...
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    I recently purchased a group of books, and the...

    I recently purchased a group of books, and the most important one is a reprint of JEAN LARTGUY's (1920-2011) classic "The Centurions" which was only released on May 19th, 2015.

    As I get ready to...
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    Interesting that this post shows up a weekend...

    Interesting that this post shows up a weekend after I return from supporting Exercise EAGER LION for 35 days in Amman. I'll be the lead planner for it next year and already have about six months of...
  16. Sir, could you expand on that and what you mean...

    Sir, could you expand on that and what you mean by directed leadership?
  17. Sadly David, his story will not get an...

    Sadly David, his story will not get an appropriate degree of attention for the truth holds, because it doesn't fit the narratives of the inciters feeding on this incident. Great post nonetheless.
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    If you blinked you might have missed it

    Former Special Envoy to Somalia, Ambassador Robert Oakley, passed away at age 83 earlier this month.
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    Middle East Urban Areas, MOUT, and COIN

    You'd be surprised what people run search queries for around these parts.

    No commentary, but posted because we will need the information again in the future...and someone has already done some of...
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    Are you implying that President Bush thought the...

    Are you implying that President Bush thought the insurgents (and insurgency) were defeated, and that perhaps he discounted the intelligence reports that "said otherwise"?

    I ask because although...
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    I watched these sort of fledgling efforts wallow...

    I watched these sort of fledgling efforts wallow around before; in 2004. It was a #### show then, and with a precedent that powerful we can expect to see it happen again in 2015.
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    Yup.

    Yup.
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    Bill, I have long been of the opinion that...

    Bill,

    I have long been of the opinion that there are no absolute right or wrong answers. We run the risk of loosing our way trying to find those absolutes, or trying to defend them as such,[
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    That has been a long-standing practice among Jews...

    That has been a long-standing practice among Jews who are not Sabras, but want to serve Israel's armed forces. Common enough that I've seen a number of news articles about it and a Nat Geo expose...
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    Haven't the policies regarding those issues...

    Haven't the policies regarding those issues changed over the years, directly as a result of problems arising from clearance/citizenship conflicts?
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