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    Going waaaaay off topic, perhaps. . .

    I don't think I suggested (at least I hope I didn't) that Grant opposed it and Sherman won him over - only that he showed some resistance to the grand scale of what Sherman was planning. He worried...
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    Change of directions, but here goes. . .

    I followed and thought about this thread a lot this summer, and I kept coming back to a fundamental problem with "hearts and minds" - not the pejorative use of the term, but what Uboat earlier...
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    Pardon my interjection, but I was under the...

    Pardon my interjection, but I was under the impression that this was not correct - Grant's initial attitude towards Sherman after the latter proposed the March to the Sea was one of trepidation; that...
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    Arabic Phone Test

    I didn't take the test, as I didn't take enough Arabic in school. So take this with a grain of salt.

    That said, my Arabic professor did teach at Monterey before coming to Cornell, and he...
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    Got it. . .will post some thoughts this weekend....

    Got it. . .will post some thoughts this weekend.

    Judging from a quick skim-through, I would say save your money, but that's a very first impression. . .

    Matt
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    My boss has an advance copy, I've been bugging...

    My boss has an advance copy, I've been bugging him about it for days, but he despises Moyar, and hasn't really looked at it.

    Will offer some insights ASAP.

    Matt
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    Honestly, surfer, after a long chat the other day...

    Honestly, surfer, after a long chat the other day with a former Marine who just became an FSO, "dangerously lacking" still serves to describe a whole lot of the State Department.

    It's never good...
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    Tom/J, I understand, obviously, the mission...

    Tom/J,

    I understand, obviously, the mission does not begin with the military and, as they say "theirs not to reason why," etc., but you don't think military unwillingness plays a role in a...
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    Agreed with all of the above. Also, I think...

    Agreed with all of the above.

    Also, I think it's a bit absurd that Singer talks about partners for the Air Force to support, and ignores ground forces. Of course an AF general (no doubt in flight...
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    You will be fine. I invested in a couple of...

    You will be fine.

    I invested in a couple of books and stuff to prepare and found that the daily round-up of news sources (not necessarily SWJ's - sorry) was the most helpful. Save yourself the...
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    Haven't read Tom's book . . .

    But I did read Dallaire's.

    I would agree with the need for a political basis, as well. But I guess my question off the top of my head would be "have things really changed that much since 1994?"
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    Dallaire: The Blurring Line Between Peacekeeping and COIN

    FP.com had an interesting interview with Gen. Romeo Dallaire, who I'm sure you all know better than I was commander of UNAMIR in 1994. Some interesting stuff - or so I thought - on, for example, ". ....
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    Counterpoint from Joshua Foust

    Not certain how much stock y'all put into his increasingly pessimistic (and often bitter) critiques, but I thought Foust's review of the book had some relevancy:




    Probably more relevant to...
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    One of my idiot friends put "Time's Person of the...

    One of my idiot friends put "Time's Person of the Year" under Awards and Distinctions, because Time's Person of the Year a couple years ago was "You" (Facebook, YouTube, etc.)

    So a bunch of y'all...
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    Ken: I Don't Know Why. . .

    but it seems like we're always talking on different wavelengths. I'm always left going "that's not what I meant!!!" after your responses; but mean what you say and say what you mean, as it goes. I...
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    Just to mix some metaphors, that's why I sent the...

    Just to mix some metaphors, that's why I sent the canary in first :D

    I recognize it's a difficult question and that's why I tried to present it in a much saner way than the partisan blogosphere.
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    TF 6-26 and Nama

    I will phrase as a question, because the open source info is minimal and many here especially will know things that I do not.

    But is there not any concern about McChrystal's time with Task Force...
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    With respect, I'm not sure all of this is necessarily unprecedented "hyperpartisanship."

    In the 19th century, there was a phrase "raising the bloody rag," referring to attacks on a candidate's...
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    Ah, generational differences. I saw the "Jim...

    Ah, generational differences. I saw the "Jim Jones" part of the link and assumed it was referencing Dipset. . .perhaps the "ballin!" move.

    If you have no clue what I'm taking about, we are most...
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    Moving away from the Stryker/MGS controversy, can...

    Moving away from the Stryker/MGS controversy, can I ask what Ken's - or WilF's - criticism of the Bradley is? (the "how it would have done in Europe," statement) I've heard very little criticism of...
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    Did Dave get a spot on the conference call? I'd...

    Did Dave get a spot on the conference call? I'd be interested in hearing what some of RI's people had to say about this, as well as other interested parties. . .

    Regards,

    Matt
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    Why is the UN-sponsored NATO Horn of Africa...

    Why is the UN-sponsored NATO Horn of Africa patrol not taking over the escort of these shipments? Last I checked it was a full strength Surface Action Group on station there. . .

    Regards,

    Matt
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    "Hot Pursuit" Doctrine

    A quite interesting CFR Backgrounder on the legal doctrine of hot pursuit - originally part of the law of the seas, but now applied by countries seeking to justify cross-border raids. The...
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    Fair enough - I go no further. And you're correct...

    Fair enough - I go no further. And you're correct - both candidates are playing, well, politics, which tends to be fast and loose with the truth.

    Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. . .

    Regards,
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    God, I had forgotten how great a bit that was. . .

    God, I had forgotten how great a bit that was. . .
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