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Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 42,399
Posted By Bill Moore
Maybe Germany is countering the so-called...

Maybe Germany is countering the so-called Intermarium proposal? See the link at omarali50's post.

NATO, EU, and U.S. need to do a better job of countering Russia propaganda regarding the Baltic...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 9,041
Posted By Bill Moore
David, While my personal bias may not be...

David,

While my personal bias may not be fair, I read Ken Pollack's book "The Threatening Storm: What Every American Needs to Know Before an Invasion in Iraq," before we went into Iraq. It had...
Forum: The Whole News 3 Days Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 13,047
Posted By Bill Moore
Timbuktu

I watched this on a recent flight, and it was a truly beautiful and disturbing movie. Some in France criticized it because they claimed it humanized terrorists. First off terrorists do happen to be...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 4,148
Posted By Bill Moore
This is part of their strategy, they are engaged...

This is part of their strategy, they are engaged in a new ideological battle with the U.S., but instead of communism versus democracy and freedom, it is neo-conservatism versus liberalism. The...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By Bill Moore
Perhaps, and of course there is value to the peer...

Perhaps, and of course there is value to the peer review system, the article at the link below indicates that this process can be abused. Does it serve as a filter to kill new ideas that challenge...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Bill Moore
Not overly helpful when the ISW report states...

Not overly helpful when the ISW report states this:



Then goes on to list all the countries that shouldn't be considered included Arab countries, Iran, and the U.S. Who then? Maybe Russia or...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 9,041
Posted By Bill Moore
Due to travel I haven't been able to keep up on...

Due to travel I haven't been able to keep up on events, but noted al-Bagdadhi claimed Baghdad was next. Previously you said that wasn't possible due to the strong Shi'a position there, do you still...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 9,041
Posted By Bill Moore
Thanks for sharing this interview, it is worthy...

Thanks for sharing this interview, it is worthy of posting on the SWJ Blog. The whole interview was informative relative Iraq, but his discussion on our desire to establish democracies where there...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By Bill Moore
I think Kilcullen argument that the Islamic State...

I think Kilcullen argument that the Islamic State is in fact a state based upon the Montevideo Convention is debatable.

Kilcullen wrote,

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Does IS control the territory anymore than any...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Bill Moore
Concur, but for that to happen they need to...

Concur, but for that to happen they need to believe they can win, and a demonstration of real political will (something airpower can never provide) on our part can provide significant motivation and...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 6,507
Posted By Bill Moore
Savage Continent

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe

http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Continent-Europe-Aftermath-World/dp/125003356X

This book certainly shattered the narrative I...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Bill Moore
Too early to tell what the impact will be, but I...

Too early to tell what the impact will be, but I tend to agree that it could be a game changer for the following reasons. These raids tend to provide a wealth of intelligence that enabler further...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 4,598
Posted By Bill Moore
It was relatively peaceful, and we were...

It was relatively peaceful, and we were relatively effective, but the Philippines in my view has never been peacefully united. It has always been a violent country with its various militias,...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 4,598
Posted By Bill Moore
I'm with you on this and it takes us back to the...

I'm with you on this and it takes us back to the wise saying that, "all models are wrong, but still useful." If someone becomes overly enamored with their model, it no longer serves its heuristic...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
Finally read, "The Rise and Fall of Western...

Finally read, "The Rise and Fall of Western COIN," and while the history of its evolution was generally accurate the paper tended to fall apart towards the end.

I like their description of the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
Here you go again twisting statements to make...

Here you go again twisting statements to make them fit into your model



I wrote,



Was Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan before we invaded?
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
In general agreement, and why I and others think...

In general agreement, and why I and others think we need a strategic context that consists foremost of desired ends. Then we can assess if suppressing an insurgency is in our interests or not based...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 9,041
Posted By Bill Moore
Two interesting posts in Vox. One is a year old,...

Two interesting posts in Vox. One is a year old, the other posted today. JWing do you think these are accurate based on your data?
...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
Too easy, I'll give you three. Sri Lanka's recent...

Too easy, I'll give you three. Sri Lanka's recent defeat of the LTTE, Saddam's defeat of the Kurds and Shia in 1991, and Assad's father defeated an Islamist insurgency in 1982.

For me legitimacy...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
From a Western perspective true, but this...

From a Western perspective true, but this assumption ignores history. Insurgencies historically have been defeated more through the use of force than political maneuvering. Obviously we don't fight...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
Strategy exists at all levels, what you're...

Strategy exists at all levels, what you're discussing IMO is little strategy, the strategy of how to "win" a particular operation or smaller scale war. COIN is unique, I know you don't consider it...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By Bill Moore
John Nagl's "Eating Soup with a Knife," revived...

John Nagl's "Eating Soup with a Knife," revived the Western concept of COIN, a concept based on myths perpetuated by John's inaccurate portrayal of the Vietnam War embraced by so many in liberal...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 476
Views: 88,007
Posted By Bill Moore
China Warns North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Rising

China Warns North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Rising

http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-warns-north-korean-nuclear-threat-is-rising-1429745706





I have to admit I'm surprised Beijing would...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 2,316
Posted By Bill Moore
A lot of factors need to be aligned for capacity...

A lot of factors need to be aligned for capacity building to work, both tangible and intangible. We focus too much on the tangible things we can count and convince ourselves we're making progress. ...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 2,316
Posted By Bill Moore
Thanks for sharing the link to the video, this is...

Thanks for sharing the link to the video, this is the fourth video I have seen of ISIS in combat, and it only adds to the assessment of the analysts quoted in the article. Again we're assessing...
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