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Forum: Historians 06-22-2017
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Views: 4,991
Posted By Bob's World
Gotta disagree with Mark, as he is arguing based...

Gotta disagree with Mark, as he is arguing based upon the US narrative on the war, rather than the Vietnamese reality. The "states" of North and South Vietnam were legal fictions created by the US...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-22-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 51,222
Posted By Bob's World
Can't believe I am just reading this

Confession, I've found it increasingly difficult to make it through books seeking to explain extremism to me. But I picked up "The Ugly American" on a whim during my last trip to the library, and...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-18-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
As I said to begin the thread, "strategy begins...

As I said to begin the thread, "strategy begins with empathy."

And like every journey, one is not going to get very far without taking that first step.

The attached link is to an perspective...
Forum: Historians 01-18-2017
Replies: 238
Views: 212,494
Posted By Bob's World
Moderator Adds This post was copied from...

Moderator Adds

This post was copied from another thread: Strategy begins with empathy: Netflix series "Colony" (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=24879) and lightly edited to...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-17-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
You are crossing your streams again. None of...

You are crossing your streams again.

None of these insurgencies "required" massive foreign support - but if we create an insurgency and dedicate ourselves to grappling with it, our opponents will...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-17-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
Yes, TV shows are TV shows. One can fixate on...

Yes, TV shows are TV shows. One can fixate on tactical facts and miss the larger picture, or one can step back a bit and consider the nature, rather than the character of a conflict from a different...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 01-17-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 5,623
Posted By Bob's World
http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/interview-thi...

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/interview-thinking-about-isis-in-strategic-terms

As I published here back in Aug 2015, to militarily defeat ISIS is to restore AQ:
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-16-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
David, My point that I am trying to convey, is...

David, My point that I am trying to convey, is that the fundamental strategic framework for these types of conflicts is rooted in human nature, and therefore largely the same. It made little...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-15-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
Now look to the British school of hard knocks and...

Now look to the British school of hard knocks and the strategic lessons they learned (but seem to have also largely forgotten) in regards to the true drivers of, and resolution to resistance...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-14-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
I am talking about the strategic framework of...

I am talking about the strategic framework of these types of conflicts. All are unique in countless fascinating ways that must be taken into account in shaping one's campaigns and tactical...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-14-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
You are tossing a bowl of historical fruit salad,...

You are tossing a bowl of historical fruit salad, mixing your apples with your oranges. True facts, but imo strategically immaterial. We cling to the facts that feed our narrative, rather than...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-13-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
I think you are missing the proverbial forest for...

I think you are missing the proverbial forest for the trees.

As to Vietnam, the whole construct of "North" and "South" states was a fiction created by the US, so I sadly love the irony of the...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 01-12-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 20,219
Posted By Bob's World
Strategy begins with empathy: Netflix series "Colony"

I set down with my fiance recently to watch a little TV. As I was surfing the Netflix menu the new series from the creators of "Lost" about an alien occupation of Los Angeles looked interesting. ...
Forum: Middle East 11-26-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 79,042
Posted By Bob's World
War logic and warfare solutions work to resolve...

War logic and warfare solutions work to resolve war. But this a revolutionary conflict that has evolved to a war stage (phase 3, decision in the Maoist model). A military "defeat" of phase 3, and...
Forum: Middle East 10-14-2016
Replies: 198
Views: 90,837
Posted By Bob's World
What the Navy and Air Force call the rise of...

What the Navy and Air Force call the rise of "Anti-Access, Area Denial" (A2AD) is more accurately the decline of the era of American impunity.

Frankly, the sooner it ends the better, as it will...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 02-24-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 18,802
Posted By Bob's World
The US has become too much a slave of our own...

The US has become too much a slave of our own rhetoric to be very effective in the gray zone today. Our belief in American Exceptionalism, and how good intentions and working within the law to...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 01-22-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 21,313
Posted By Bob's World
A few thoughts on revolutionary insurgency and...

A few thoughts on revolutionary insurgency and how to deal with it:

1. This type of internal (even if external parties come to play, as they typically do) is not really war, but is better thought...
Forum: International Politics 09-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 26,545
Posted By Bob's World
"Strategy of retrenchment"! "Can't abandon your...

"Strategy of retrenchment"!
"Can't abandon your allies"!
"Isolationist"!
"Appeasement"!

We love to use words like pointy sticks, to poke meaningless holes in the worthy positions of those we...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 08-11-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 76,114
Posted By Bob's World
China's actions are consistent with those of...

China's actions are consistent with those of rising powers throughout history, only colored by their own unique geography, history and culture.

They are doing what we would do in their place, only...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 08-11-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 61,019
Posted By Bob's World
While all of this is very unfortunate, it is...

While all of this is very unfortunate, it is certainly not unpredictable.

Governments and security forces established by a foreign power are going to be fundamentally lacking in popular legitimacy...
Forum: Middle East 08-10-2015
Replies: 3,804
Views: 356,843
Posted By Bob's World
Yes, we must operate based upon true interests;...

Yes, we must operate based upon true interests; not the after the fact interests we use so often to rationalize poor decisions today.

Facilitating self determination, and garnering influence with...
Forum: Middle East 08-10-2015
Replies: 3,804
Views: 356,843
Posted By Bob's World
Yes, the Sunni-Arab populations of Syria and Iraq...

Yes, the Sunni-Arab populations of Syria and Iraq both believe the Shia dominated governments over them offer no future. They also realize that the US removal of the Saddam regime served to extend...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 07-27-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 118,298
Posted By Bob's World
One major side effect of the US invasion of Iraq...

One major side effect of the US invasion of Iraq was the destabilization of the Shia-Sunni line of competition that once lie along the Iraq-Iran border.

Where is that line now? Along the northern...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 07-04-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 37,272
Posted By Bob's World
We need aptitude far more than skills. The role...

We need aptitude far more than skills. The role of Special Forces is not to fix broken governance, but rather to understand and leverage the energy that broken governance generates within the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 07-03-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 37,272
Posted By Bob's World
Nations are rarely at war, which is not the same...

Nations are rarely at war, which is not the same as an absence of conflict. The US has not been at war since 1945 - but we often have troops engaged in various conflicts here or there. Heck, we...
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