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    The Seven Ways to Stop Piracy...

    The Seven Ways to Stop Piracy

    To give a bit of background, Dr. Menkhaus is one of my former professors at Davidson. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the HOA, lived in Somalia for a few...
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    Oh crap, don't tell me Mike Sparks has recruited...

    Oh crap, don't tell me Mike Sparks has recruited some disciples to espouse his "Gospel of Gavin"... :eek: I felt much safer when I thought that he was isolated and alone.
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    McLean's a cutie. She looked really good on the...

    McLean's a cutie. She looked really good on the Colbert Report a couple months ago. Unfortunately, it looks like she jumped the gun on that investigation, and received some backlash. (Can anyone...
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    Finished Bellavia's House to House a few weeks...

    Finished Bellavia's House to House a few weeks ago, and I've been pecking away at Bing West's The Strongest Tribe, and going back to check my notes in Fiasco for my research.

    My best friend...
  5. US forces to deliver aid to Georgia

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7559252.stm
  6. Yeah, I just checked Sky News and found this...

    Yeah, I just checked Sky News and found this tidbit.



    Might they be Georgian tanks who moved in when the Russians supposedly vacated the premises? Or has all of Georgia's armor been destroyed...
  7. http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/08/13/georgia...

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/08/13/georgia.russia.war/index.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7558399.stm
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  8. I'm merely saying that any effort by outside...

    I'm merely saying that any effort by outside parties to intervene economically will do little to deter Russia. Of course oil is not a driver of this conflict, but it can be used to inflict damage.
  9. The only action that any third party is in any...

    The only action that any third party is in any position to make is to impose swift sanctions against Russia. These will be about as effective as they were against Iran, Iraq, Cuba, et al. In other...
  10. If that happens, say hello to the world's newest...

    If that happens, say hello to the world's newest small war. The Georgians are well equipped and well trained (by us, coincidentally... anyone else happen to notice that they wear woodland MARPAT...
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    Stop the presses! :eek: I agree with Rank...

    Stop the presses! :eek:

    I agree with Rank Amateur that the Surge has become a hot-button issue that provokes some pretty heated responses from both sides of the issue. Most voter polls I've seen...
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    Precisely. One needs to remember that "Generation...

    Precisely. One needs to remember that "Generation Kill" is not a documentary. It's not fiction, either, but it is a boots-on-the-ground, pointy end of the spear perspective on real events through the...
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    Sweet. I remember first reading about McMaster in...

    Sweet. I remember first reading about McMaster in Tom Clancy's account of the Battle of 73 Easting, when he was a troop commander. Fast forward several years later when I'm reading George Packer's...
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    I've been meaning to pick both of those up. Hey...

    I've been meaning to pick both of those up. Hey VMI_Marine, when you come home this weekend would you mind bringing those with you? I'll trade them for your "24" DVDs that I still have. :wry:

    I...
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    Whether or not it's beneficial to them, the Latin...

    Whether or not it's beneficial to them, the Latin American states have already started the arms race (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showpost.php?p=52773&postcount=3). Chavez recently acquired...
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    I was on vacation in Yellowstone last week, so...

    I was on vacation in Yellowstone last week, so for the past 36 hours I've been playing catchup with "Generation Kill." I've had the DVR set to record the whole series and I've been thoroughly...
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    I laughed. I wouldn't call it conservative...

    I laughed. I wouldn't call it conservative propaganda, but it highlights a very well earned distrust with the media. Not to get on my soapbox or anything, but I've seen virtually no news coverage of...
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    I want to attempt to address some of the things...

    I want to attempt to address some of the things MattC86 brought up:

    Is this a fair assessment of the current state of the FARC? ... Yes. They're on their last leg, even before the hostages were...
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    Taking a break from nonfiction. Just finished...

    Taking a break from nonfiction. Just finished Steven Pressfield's Killing Rommel, currently halfway through Tides of War (Pressfield), and about to start The Virtues of War (also Pressfield)....
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    I think I just threw up a little bit in my...

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    I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth... :wry:
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    The more I look at DO, the more I agree with what...

    The more I look at DO, the more I agree with what you said here. I remember getting a hold of a PDF or PowerPoint from MCCDC about a year ago when I first heard of the DO concept, and the amount of...
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    You just want to get your name published in a...

    You just want to get your name published in a book, don't you, sir? :D

    Just foolin'. I will PM you sometime soon with some questions. Thank you very much for offering, sir.
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    Noticed that, too. Great news. Makes me wish I...

    Noticed that, too. Great news. Makes me wish I had a bottle of Club Colombia so I could celebrate properly.
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    UPDATE: Ever since I wrote my thesis on COIN in...

    UPDATE: Ever since I wrote my thesis on COIN in Iraq back in late 2006, I've been tossing around the idea of actually writing a book on the subject somewhere down the road. I shy away from the idea...
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    Further updates on the offensive in Helmand. ...

    Further updates on the offensive in Helmand.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353044,00.html

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24368412#24368412
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