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Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
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Views: 1,406
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International law is so diluted by US actions in...

International law is so diluted by US actions in recent years claiming exceptions in the name of interests claimed and defined by us, that one would have a hard time finding a fair and honest judge...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 962
Views: 39,231
Posted By Bob's World
Hmmm. I am not sure why everyone talks about...

Hmmm. I am not sure why everyone talks about the progress of IS in terms of ground taken, and progress against IS in terms of equipment destroyed or ground lost.

It reads like news reports of...
Forum: Trigger Puller 4 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By Bob's World
Best we remember that France's history, interests...

Best we remember that France's history, interests and goals in this region are completely different than those of the US, and in many ways much more practical, I suspect.

We need to be careful...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,406
Posted By Bob's World
While human factors, such as "humiliation" will...

While human factors, such as "humiliation" will always play a part in human endeavors, we need to be careful to not overly focus on the factors that make the most sense, or that are the most soothing...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 962
Views: 39,231
Posted By Bob's World
Artificial stability is when the primary purpose...

Artificial stability is when the primary purpose of security force is to protect the government from the people. This is the essence of military stability operations. Such a system requires...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 962
Views: 39,231
Posted By Bob's World
The legend is that Transjordan was "Churchill's...

The legend is that Transjordan was "Churchill's thumb" - that he placed his fist and thumb on the map, traced a line around it and proclaimed it to be the new Transjordan.

Inherently illegitimate,...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 1 Week Ago
Replies: 704
Views: 67,533
Posted By Bob's World
No sovereignty is "incontestable." The...

No sovereignty is "incontestable."

The contest is only just beginning. The relative power between sovereigns is shifting, and those who perceive their sovereignty to be illegitimate (imposed...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 962
Views: 39,231
Posted By Bob's World
True, but those are solvable problems and it...

True, but those are solvable problems and it paves the way for getting to sufficient trust for natural stability to re-emerge.

The best one can achieve by simply attacking ISIL and committing to...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 962
Views: 39,231
Posted By Bob's World
I think a key thing to keep in mind is that ISIL...

I think a key thing to keep in mind is that ISIL success or failure cannot be measured in terms of ground held or lost; or other measures convenient to conventional conflict.

Success or failure...
Forum: International Politics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 8,153
Posted By Bob's World
We already overly employ "CT" to help partners...

We already overly employ "CT" to help partners keep in check revolutionary movements with few effective legal means to advance their reasonable concerns.

I (like President Washington long before...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 962
Views: 39,231
Posted By Bob's World
I don't know how many times reality needs to...

I don't know how many times reality needs to validate the inherent fallacy of "Building Partner Capacity" as adopted in recent years by the US Military.

We are not the British Colonial Office, we...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,334
Posted By Bob's World
Ironically, not a site I can access from my...

Ironically, not a site I can access from my USSOCOM computer...

Between the intel guys over-classifying everything; and the security Nazis over-securing everything, it is little wonder we struggle...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 3,807
Posted By Bob's World
We may never know in our lifetimes - particularly...

We may never know in our lifetimes - particularly when the US is so heavily invested in sustaining the status quo of a handful of gov to gov relationships.

President Washington wisely cautioned...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 3,807
Posted By Bob's World
All insurgents are civilians... Just one...

All insurgents are civilians...

Just one more reason that Clausewitzian (or Wardenian) war logic does not apply very well to population-based conflicts. The strategic paradigm is different, and...
Forum: International Politics 09-13-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 8,153
Posted By Bob's World
Before one can reasonably discuss the...

Before one can reasonably discuss the participation of China in a Global SOF Network that is designed, organized, and ran by the US (so, not really a "Global SOF Network," but more a US SOF Global...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 08-25-2014
Replies: 160
Views: 32,944
Posted By Bob's World
Why any individual is motivated to join the USMC...

Why any individual is motivated to join the USMC is not why the USMC exists.

Why the USMC is employed to address any particular problem is not why the USMC exists.

To understand why the USMC...
Forum: Training & Education 07-20-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 6,904
Posted By Bob's World
On Saturday, December 6th 1941, the pride of the...

On Saturday, December 6th 1941, the pride of the American fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor was already long obsolete, overtaken by the technology of air power and the ability to project air power with...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-19-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
Surely our government would not say one thing and...

Surely our government would not say one thing and do, support or wish very hard for another?? (tongue firmly in cheek).

I really don't know, but sure looks like letting the current governments...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-19-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, strategic understanding is only politically...

Bill, strategic understanding is only politically correct by coincidence.

Tactical action is politically correct by design.

Besides, neither you nor I know what our government's plan is for...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-18-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
To clarify, when asked to address a problem as a...

To clarify, when asked to address a problem as a whole, rather than a single niche component of the problem that this thread focuses upon, I offer more comprehensive positions. By focusing my answer...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-18-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
In populace-based, revolutionary conflicts like...

In populace-based, revolutionary conflicts like we are seeing across the greater Middle East in the current decade, "understanding why 'they' fight" is interesting; but I believe it is in...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-17-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, You are an ideolog. I won't cure...

Bill,

You are an ideolog. I won't cure that.

I give you rigor, and you dismiss it. I give you common sense, and you dismiss it.

This is why ideology works. It blinds one...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-16-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
Sorry Slap, put your bible, torch and pitchfork...

Sorry Slap, put your bible, torch and pitchfork away; and break out a map and history books that attempt to portray English control of the northern section of Ireland from the perspectives of each...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-16-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
No, that is human nature. Try being a...

No, that is human nature.

Try being a white settler in Comanche territory in the 1800s; or a black person in white territory in the same period; or an accountant at a biker bar. There are...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 07-16-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,917
Posted By Bob's World
We are too quick to focus on the sizzle, rather...

We are too quick to focus on the sizzle, rather than the steak.

"The sizzle" is those distinguishing factors, be it shared grievance (powerless peasants vs entitled landholders in Asia and...
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