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Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
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"NIMBY" - how most nations determine there vital...

"NIMBY" - how most nations determine there vital interests.
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
I know we largely agree, and while I do not feel...

I know we largely agree, and while I do not feel particularly confused about what war is, I do think that what we are actually bemoaning here is the want of an effective national grand strategy that...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
Historically, waging war against peace does not...

Historically, waging war against peace does not yield durable strategic results. If our goal is temporary tactical successes that bleed our strategic strength to the point where we are ultimately...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
Who is the "honest broker"? That is a good...

Who is the "honest broker"? That is a good question. I don't know. How does one be an honest broker when working within an organization that is by its very nature biased due to an overarching...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
War is a type of problem demanding a war...

War is a type of problem demanding a war solution. That is the only value really for any classification of this type. To expand that classification to a broad range of problematic forms of...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
Bill I think Clausewitz does handle war...

Bill

I think Clausewitz does handle war pretty well. Where we get in trouble is when we try to apply Clausewitz to problems that are not war, internal revolution, for example; and also...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
I think the myth of the nature of Western victory...

I think the myth of the nature of Western victory in the Cold War is as dangerous to us as the "victors" as the actual loss was to the Russians.

We never give the Russians credit where credit is...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, This gets to what I think "Whole...

Bill,

This gets to what I think "Whole of Government" really needs to mean: Not that we all pull together to try to sustain the unsustainable, or to fix the unfixable.

Rather,...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
What American leaders, policy and doctrine...

What American leaders, policy and doctrine struggle to recognize, is that those affected by our actions care little for our good intentions.

We can appreciate why a Russian invasion of Afghanistan...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 5,808
Posted By Bob's World
And you think this is a good thing?? If this...

And you think this is a good thing??

If this was a Sunni cult figure rising up against those exploiting popular grievance with extremist perspectives, yes. But the emergence of a Shia hero is a...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
When I drive down the street and a four year old...

When I drive down the street and a four year old boy on the side of the road flips me the bird - are we at war because he decided, and should I stop everything, get out of my car and "defeat" him?
...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
This is our poor leadership. We need to focus on...

This is our poor leadership. We need to focus on leading by example. We (the US) need not, and should not, be the guarantor of the right of self-determination; but neither should be the obstacle to...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
Slap, So, my definition, created today,...

Slap,

So, my definition, created today, is "why we keep losing"? Ha! Such power I have!!

I would offer that the primary reason we "keep losing" is that we take on things we shouldn't...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
(Seeing if a JPEG is easier to read)

(Seeing if a JPEG is easier to read)
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
This then leaves things that are not war. I do...

This then leaves things that are not war. I do not think that revolutionary insurgency that occurs within a single system of governance is war, and that more importantly, that it is...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/09/ratio...

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/09/rationalizing-lunacy-intellectual-servant-state

(worth reading, and the article and perspective starting this whole thread is definitely an example of...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
Mexicans invited in American settlers to serve as...

Mexicans invited in American settlers to serve as a buffer between them and the Comanche. And no, it was not really war. For the settlers it was what they believed to be an acceptable risk. Life. ...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, I am trying hard to grasp how smart,...

Bill, I am trying hard to grasp how smart, reasonable people are coming to this position that you are advocating. I just can't get there. The logic of it escapes me. More importantly, what escapes...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
America is a nation at peace. Period. We...

America is a nation at peace. Period.

We have interests in competition with a wide range of actors in a wide range of forms. But we are a nation at peace.

This call for perpetual war is far...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By Bob's World
"Political Warfare" "Gray Zone Conflicts" "The...

"Political Warfare" "Gray Zone Conflicts" "The Long War" "Unrestricted Warfare" etc., etc., etc.

To what end? To what purpose? What do we possibly gain by allowing those who work within the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
Between "dominate the enemy" and "stabilize"...

Between "dominate the enemy" and "stabilize" there is a missing step :"prevent, resolve or defeat the resistance."

As I said up front, a resistance insurgency is a continuation of warfare, and the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
Argh...not the "phase" word. Better...

Argh...not the "phase" word.

Better question, what is the natural human response to a foreign power invading their homeland and defeating their government and security forces? A blend of...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
For the US, dealing with Ferguson effectively is...

For the US, dealing with Ferguson effectively is COIN. Dealing with ISIL is not COIN for the US at all.

In fact, now that the Iraqi state has divided and a separate system of governance around...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
For me one must apply the flagpole test. Go...

For me one must apply the flagpole test.

Go the capital of the place you are at to deal with an insurgency, find the tallest flagpole and look to the top of that pole. If it is the flag of your...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By Bob's World
But that is just tactics. There are many paths...

But that is just tactics. There are many paths (tactics) up the mountain (good governance), and when the government seeks to deny some segments of the population access to the mountain, or to block...
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