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  1. Transformation of the Discussion of Small Wars

    It's been a long while since I was active here, so the nature of the discussion fora may have changed. If this is the wrong area to discuss this, please kick it to the right one, mods.

    I was once...
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    Reinhold Niebuhr

    For an interesting take on a similar issue, you should see Reinhold Niebuhr's Children of Darkness, Children of Light discussion. Riebuhr was a reformed Marxist, but a committed lefty for his entire...
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    If this is a thesis it would help a lot to know...

    If this is a thesis it would help a lot to know what discipline you are focusing on. The question you are really asking depends a lot on whether you are primarily looking from a sociological,...
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    Cutting the Fuse Conference

    I have a special opportunity for members of the Small Wars Council and readers of the Small Wars Journal. Members and friends are invited to attend the "Cutting the Fuse" Conference on Capitol Hill. ...
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    Chinese All the Way

    As a former Army Chinese linguist I will make a few arguments for chinese, that you may not have thought of.

    1) There will always be a demand for Chinese, no matter how many linguists there are...
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    These are all great. Thank you.

    These are all great. Thank you.
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    Recommend an Expert (or two)

    Gentlemen,

    It has been a while since I have posted, but I have been skulking in the background.

    I am currently working to organize a conference in DC dealing with (US) national security broadly...
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    He Will Never Pick

    I realize that most people dismiss Pres. Obama's "everyone can really get everything they truly want" rhetoric as a political device, but I think that we need to consider that he really means it. I...
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    Maybe, but I have two possible reservations: ...

    Maybe, but I have two possible reservations:

    1) We assume that KSM, or UBL or whoever is actually actively aware of the real reason that they planned these attacks. It is not uncommon that people...
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    There are plenty of things that we are not going...

    There are plenty of things that we are not going to run out of, perhaps ever in meaningful terms, but which still fall within the constraints of scarcity. Scarcity does not necessarily mean...
  11. Moot Point

    While it may be interesting to to debate whether a monarchy would have been better, but it is really a moot point, because Zahir Shah, the heir apparent actively opposed the restoration of the...
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    I couldn't have said it that well myself. Thanks.

    I couldn't have said it that well myself. Thanks.
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    Perhaps none, but lives are a scarce resource. ...

    Perhaps none, but lives are a scarce resource. If they die while waiting for a strategy, then it is wasted. At least, if they die once a strategy is in place they are contributing to that strategy,...
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    Somewhere a college professor is Crying

    Once again fuchs, you have struck at our American system, and I for one am wounded to the core.

    This indeed is a demonstration of what is wrong with America, although perhaps not in the way that...
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    Wait, are you saying that our military is made up...

    Wait, are you saying that our military is made up of people, just like the rest of society?:eek: And here all this time I thought the flaws in the military were a product of the fact that only the...
  16. Talking about tribal engagement in Afghanistan

    Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism and Bombing to Win:Air Power and Coercion in War and the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism has...
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    100% Agreed. However, I take hope in the fact...

    100% Agreed. However, I take hope in the fact that there are actually many people outside of the establishment, that when the time comes, do have the appropriate skills. This wouldn't be the first...
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    I have heard this a lot, but no one ever cites...

    I have heard this a lot, but no one ever cites the studies. I don't doubt what you are saying is true, but I would like some citations if you have them.
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    My experience with DLI oral tests

    Alright, this is not necessarily the way the FS does it but there are several criteria in an oral exam for the military. I can't remember them all, but here goes.

    To get a "1", you just have to...
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    I agree with civil control of the military. I...

    I agree with civil control of the military. I also agree that clear communication is critical, both to the civil control, and to any mission.

    I actually take this to be a promising sign. In the...
  21. If I may offer up some more unsolicited advice,...

    If I may offer up some more unsolicited advice, it seems that you actually have a pretty good opening here, although perhaps not what you originally thought. Although most people are saying that...
  22. Pride, I don't want to rain on your parade too...

    Pride,

    I don't want to rain on your parade too much, but there is a fairly large body of scholarship along these lines already, especially in political science. That is not to say that you cannot...
  23. At the risk of reaching outside the realm of what...

    At the risk of reaching outside the realm of what you really want to know, might I suggest that instead of looking at history programs, you might want to look at Political Science programs. Your...
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    I haven't taken the test myself, but I have known...

    I haven't taken the test myself, but I have known many people who have. In general, almost all of them passed. While true that they are all top students, I don't think that the test is itself the...
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    We absolutely need dedicated intel specialists. ...

    We absolutely need dedicated intel specialists. Intel is an art and a science, and not something that can be taught in a two week course. In fact, part of the reason that our HUMINT is so bad in...
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