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    I've actually got the book about Pol Pot...I'll...

    I've actually got the book about Pol Pot...I'll check out Brother Enemy. Thank you for the rec.
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    Thanks...I'll check those out.

    Thanks...I'll check those out.
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    Khmer Rouge Insurgency 1978-

    I'm looking for recommendations for books that cover the Khmer Rouge insurgency post-December 1978 (after the Vietnamese invaded). I'm running into a wall so far, does anyone know where I might be...
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    It's not going to happen, at least not in any...

    It's not going to happen, at least not in any permanent kind of sense. Al-Maliki depends on the militias to support his coalition. His security forces are thoroughly infiltrated by the militias. ...
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    The story gets worse...the audit the oil revenues...

    The story gets worse...the audit the oil revenues report originated from also found that the Iraq reconstruction efforts were stalled or failing in almost every other area as well. Here's the link...
  6. Yup...that article pretty much summed it up. ...

    Yup...that article pretty much summed it up. Those Shi'a politicians in power in the Iraqi government will either give the Shi'a militias a pass because they agree with what the militias are doing,...
  7. I wasn't trying to say that al-Maliki is...

    I wasn't trying to say that al-Maliki is pro-U.S....I seriously doubt that he is. At best the guy's U.S. neutral and simply thoroughly incapable of running the government...I'm more prone to believe...
  8. I'd agree with some of your assessment Danny, but...

    I'd agree with some of your assessment Danny, but I don't think there's anyone out there who's actually capable of doing a better job than al-Maliki...or at least there's no one who the Kurds, Shi'a,...
  9. Not A Shocker

    This should come as a surprise to no one who's been paying attention. Al-Maliki's in hock to the militias and al-Sadr (since al-Sadr is a key to al-Maliki's bloc), al-Maliki's been warning our...
  10. Foreign Affairs Editor Compares Iraq/Vietnam

    There was an interesting article in Slate today by Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, drawing comparisons between the wars in Iraq and Vietnam.
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    Yeah, I'll admit that a lot of my opinion of...

    Yeah, I'll admit that a lot of my opinion of Shinseki was formed from a position of ignorance. The employees often think they know more than the boss, which is probably where a lot of my opinion is...
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    When I was in I remember being less than...

    When I was in I remember being less than impressed with Shinseki's "leadership". Particularly in the beret issue, not just because of the Ranger thing but because of the whole mess of how he handled...
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    Al-Maliki can't allow al-Sadr to be taken out and...

    Al-Maliki can't allow al-Sadr to be taken out and maintain control. Al-Sadr's voting block is what allows al-Maliki to hold onto his job. If he loses al-Sadr's supporters, he loses his job (and...
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    It's an ugly situation right now, especially if...

    It's an ugly situation right now, especially if al-Maliki turns out to be lying and has no intention of actually allowing us to go after al-Sadr. Muddling through by accepting the Iraqi government's...
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    Not Enough

    None of which will likely change much of anything over in Iraq. 20,000 is still an insufficient number of forces to do much of anything outside of Baghdad, it doesn't pressure al-Maliki to crack...
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    I don't think it's impossible to come to...

    I don't think it's impossible to come to consensus in the Middle East, but I do think it's highly improbable.

    It seems like one of the things Huntington was trying to illustrate was that it's...
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    Selil, Samuel Huntington's "Clash of...

    Selil,

    Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" had some interesting points about how many of the problems we have in dealing with Islamic cultures comes from their adherence to religious,...
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    Sticky: You know, I don't think it's so much a case of...

    You know, I don't think it's so much a case of Americans losing their resolve to fight. There were a lot of people who enlisted in the military right after 9/11. That's not a sign of a cowardly...
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    Poll: I think that Kim Jong-il will survive as leader...

    I think that Kim Jong-il will survive as leader of North Korea only as long as he's able to keep the military fed and happy...which is becoming more and more problematic it seems. When he's no...
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    Poll: Going through each option...I would elect for 2,...

    Going through each option...I would elect for 2, by the way

    1. I think that setting a timetable would be problematic for us and cause greater destabilization in the region. When you set out your...
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    But isn't it also relevant to bring up the...

    But isn't it also relevant to bring up the parallels between Rumsfeld and McNamara's management style? Both were dismissive of military guidance that contradicted their own pre-conceptions. Both...
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    ...just venting a bit:)

    ...just venting a bit:)
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    "On his drive into Hanoi, Bush passed many sites...

    "On his drive into Hanoi, Bush passed many sites of note here, including the tomb of Ho Chi Minh and Truc Bach Lake, where Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was shot down in 1967 when he was a Navy pilot....
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    I think you're right on that score, Tom. Hadn't...

    I think you're right on that score, Tom. Hadn't even considered the Lebanese situation in relation to the Iraqis...I wonder if it will turn out the same way for the Iraqis. But as for our...
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    Bush Draws Iraq/Vietnam Comparison

    I'm curious what anyone else thought about this article about Bush's comments comparing the Iraq and Vietnam wars:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061117/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_60

    I noticed a few...
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