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    The 20% solution

    Link to 60 Minutes piece: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6923496n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel

    One first view last night - and that only because I was watching the football game that...
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    What's Keanu Reeves doing these days?

    Or maybe Matt Damon? Because the movie version practically writes itself.
  3. Redux returned

    High five.
  4. "the population and terrain favor us and we have...

    "the population and terrain favor us and we have quick access to air support" sounds like a good description of Germany.

    Today, I mean, not 1945.
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    Three different things...

    1. What Gen McChrystal & staff said/did
    2. How that was reported
    3. How the report was reported by other reporters before it came out

    What I've seen in #3 leaves no doubt that verily, we were on...
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    One little, two little, three little, insurgents

    ISAF apparently agrees. Or at least CJTF 82. FINAL UPDATE: 16 insurgents killed and 5 detained after a targeted attack against Bagram.

    Or maybe some days they are more important than others? :wry:
  7. Thread: How To Win

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    Re: Jones Model

    I like this description:



    Is that policy, or "opinions he expresses here are his own"?
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    Yes, was keeping it to a broad hypothetical...

    Yes, was keeping it to a broad hypothetical starting point. From that point there are as many examples as there are soldiers. Didn't mean to imply anything's simple or easy.

    Hypothetically, is...
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    Hold some of the fire...

    A quote from the first news story I saw on the topic:



    And a more recent one from General McChrystal:


    And one from Rush Limbaugh
  10. Have you seen Brzezinski's 1998 interview...

    Have you seen Brzezinski's 1998 interview?



    Doesn't get quite the attention "Charlie Wilson's War" does. The power of film, perhaps?

    I'm trying to remember if the Soviet invasion (while...
  11. A few observations to add to the discussion...

    Not defending Karzai, and claiming no expertise here, just offering up for comment a few things that cross my mind when I see discussions like this one.

    One: It's frequently asserted (including...
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    The Big Picture

    As for context, here's a bit more. I'm going to go "bigger picture" here. Elsewhere in this thread are links to David Finkel's observations on events of the day, he's done a fine job of providing...
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    A curious observation...

    From MountainRunner's post:
    Elsewhere in this thread others have raised the (valid) question "how many insurgents did we create that day?" Whatever figure answers that, it's lower by far than the...
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    Not my CAB...

    ...I was with a different one in Baghdad in 2007. For perspective, David Finkel's book (I've read it - his "objectivity" is debatable, but the book is decidedly not "pro war") mentioned previously in...
  15. "Report: Army denied aid to team under fire"

    That's the Marine Corps Times headline.

    "The investigation found a slew of mistakes," we are told. Among them, key senior personnel “were not continuously present in the operations center” - and...
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    Caption: A first responder to a lone gunman's...

    Caption: A first responder to a lone gunman's attack at Fort Hood Nov. 5 renders honors at retreat after aiding his fellow soldiers. U.S. Army photo.
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    Not to make light...

    But I fear we're going to soon have something called "Pre-TSD" as an identified psychiatric condition.

    MikeF, I think there will be much chicken/egg debate regarding the doc. But I'd like to hear...
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    "Quiet, awkward type"

    Longer bio.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/225310
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    The BBC documentary on Youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RraLw0MIeY&feature=player_embedded

    That's the first ten minutes of episode one. You'll find the remander linked on the right side of the page if you'd like to see...
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    Fair and balance...

    One more
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    For the record...

    Apologies for excerpt length - State Dept presser:

    CNN:


    AFP:

    PBS
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    Resigned on 10 September...

    ...funny how long some things take to "make the papers".
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    Slick features on newer models...

    940
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    About face

    Eaton on Iraq, to the the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, September 2006: "We are, conservatively, 60,000 soldiers short".

    Eaton on Iraq, May 2007: "Now our military is overcommitted, and...
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    The case could be made...

    ...that troops were still at Keating (and other remote locales) because a final decision on strategy/resources had not yet been made. The plan to depart those locations goes back a ways (iirc one...
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