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  1. I have a few problems with this story. One is the...

    I have a few problems with this story. One is the sensationalist way that it was reported with little regard for facts, and the other is that the whistleblower is the sole source for everything in...
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    I agree that the U.S. government has not adopted...

    I agree that the U.S. government has not adopted that as a formal position (thank goodness), however the belief that Islam is evil is held by some individuals working for the government, and those...
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    Glad you posted this. I had known about it...

    Glad you posted this. I had known about it yesterday morning and considered doing the same, but I couldn't find the words to introduce it. Even now, I still am awed by Major Olmsted's foresight and...
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    So far, I haven't seen that happening too often....

    So far, I haven't seen that happening too often. Partly because one of Major Olmsted's last wishes was that such a thing DIDN'T take place, and partly because responsible blog owners are deleting the...
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    As far as I'm concerned, this is a good sign,...

    As far as I'm concerned, this is a good sign, particularly in combination with the Pentagon's consideration of an Iraq "Marshall Plan". It means that they're abandoning the "Islam is evil" mindset...
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    Two Updates from the Pentagon

    I'm happy to say that the Pentagon is moving in the direction that the 2006 NIE recommended, and that I have addressed in the "Slaying ..." post, as evidenced in two recent news stories:

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    Tim, I'm sure that in time you'll discover what a...

    Tim, I'm sure that in time you'll discover what a unique and valuable resource the SWC is. Much of the credit for that goes to the owners, the moderators, and most of all, the real-world expertise of...
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    That's a really interesting article that raises a...

    That's a really interesting article that raises a lot of important issues. Thanks for posting it.
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    Slaying the Hydra of Jihadi Terrorism

    In response to some issues that surfaced in Steve Metz's thread "Finished!", I wrote a paper addressing two principal failures in the White House National Strategy to Combat Terrorism. One is the...
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    I was going to spend more time on this, but when...

    I was going to spend more time on this, but when I read your above reply to my point of Lawless's report, I decided against it. I'm happy to debate facts, but there's no debating a refusal to...
  11. Thread: Finished!!!

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    I'm sorry to say that I understood every word of...

    I'm sorry to say that I understood every word of that eloquent Southern slang, Slap. And I'm a Yankee.
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    I think that even experts on the subject would...

    I think that even experts on the subject would disagree about how the evolution of Chinese government is progressing. It's certainly still a Communist regime, but not in the way that it was under...
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    Wow, that's quite an opinion. I note that you...

    Wow, that's quite an opinion. I note that you didn't provide much supporting information to it in response to Tequila's request. Perhaps you'll be more forthcoming in future posts. In the meantime,...
  14. Thread: "MoveOn" to 5GW?

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    [QUOTE=SteveMetz;36795] :D YMMV = "Your...

    :D YMMV = "Your Milleage May Vary"
  15. Thread: "MoveOn" to 5GW?

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    [QUOTE=zenpundit;36759]JeffC wrote: Jeff,...

    I didn't call Dan creepy. I don't know him well enough to say. What I said was that his writing has a creepy feel to it. Clearly, YMMV. Regarding JeffC, that's just a shorthand version of my name,...
  16. Thread: Finished!!!

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    As I said to Ken, I don't think that this is the...

    As I said to Ken, I don't think that this is the appropriate thread to have this discussion/debate, Ron. It should stay focused on Steve's successful completion of his book.

    Instead, I'm going to...
  17. Thread: Finished!!!

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    Ken, I've got a lot to say about this, but I'm...

    Ken, I've got a lot to say about this, but I'm not going to do it in this thread. I'll organize an essay on the subject with appropriate reference data and post it when its ready in the appropriate...
  18. Thread: Finished!!!

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    Ken, I don't know where you're finding your...

    Ken, I don't know where you're finding your facts, but here are a few starting points:

    http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/canada602/excerpt.html
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  19. Thread: Finished!!!

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    Well, the difference is that we know for sure...

    Well, the difference is that we know for sure that all of the numbers went up: recruitment, terrorist acts, number of cells operating in other countries - post-2003 invasion. Since that's a known...
  20. Thread: Finished!!!

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    Very impressive, Steve. I read both the Preface...

    Very impressive, Steve. I read both the Preface and the Conclusion, and while you covered a lot of ground, it wasn't clear to me whether you addressed the rise of Islamic extremism as an aftermath of...
  21. Thread: "MoveOn" to 5GW?

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    Did you check into who the authors are? I find...

    Did you check into who the authors are? I find that's usually a good starting point. Personally, I find Dan tdaxp a little creepy to read. And there's no profile that I can find at his blog, which is...
  22. Thread: "MoveOn" to 5GW?

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    Well, the spell check would have recognized...

    Well, the spell check would have recognized "granite" as a word so no joy there. I actually thought that you used it on purpose, rather than it being a typo. I'm definitely going to use "don't take...
  23. Thread: "MoveOn" to 5GW?

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    I could be mistaken but it seems like you're...

    I could be mistaken but it seems like you're skating on the very thin ice of "conspiracy theories" (i.e., the "International Leftist Movement"), which isn't a productive topic here. As Ken White has...
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    The State of Jihad: 2007

    Great summarization of the state of the Long War from Pakistan to Somalia by Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal. While it's not an exhaustive look (South America, Europe, U.S. aren't covered), it's...
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    Truth is a relative thing, Tom. Whose truth are...

    Truth is a relative thing, Tom. Whose truth are you going to protect?
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