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Forum: Middle East 05-20-2013
Replies: 614
Views: 50,217
Posted By tequila
Very interesting story on how Jabhat al-Nusra has...

Very interesting story on how Jabhat al-Nusra has gained control of the oil wells in the north, thus gaining an additional stream of revenue that will allow it to become self-sustaining:
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Forum: Historians 11-13-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,727
Posted By tequila
Carl - +1 on your review of the book and general...

Carl - +1 on your review of the book and general conclusions.

I would disagree about the idea that Nationalist China did not have supply or sanctuary. For me the dominant feature of Japan's war...
Forum: The Whole News 11-13-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 5,328
Posted By tequila
Good to see that the crazed conspiracy-theorizing...

Good to see that the crazed conspiracy-theorizing has even reached SWJ. Awesome.

So many have idolized Petraeus for so long that the idea that he just might have screwed up badly and gotten...
Forum: Law Enforcement 10-15-2012
Replies: 55
Views: 6,611
Posted By tequila
States could be test cases for marijuana...

States could be test cases for marijuana legalization (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019235344_marijuana23m.html)



Apparently marijuana legalization is on the ballot in Colorado,...
Forum: Trigger Puller 10-11-2012
Replies: 224
Views: 45,477
Posted By tequila
Some additional data from Tom Ricks' blog: ...

Some additional data from Tom Ricks' blog:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/fp_uploaded_documents/RiflePlatoon.pdf

Rifle Platoon Basic Load OEF XII
1st PLT, Alpha Co., 2/504 PIR

Some...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 10-05-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 11,464
Posted By tequila
So ... do you think torture exists at all? Or...

So ... do you think torture exists at all? Or just that the United States cannot be guilty of it? Or that we are guilty of it all the time, since we incarcerate people, and we should just go ahead...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-30-2012
Replies: 287
Views: 23,229
Posted By tequila
Some additional data on "green-on-green" attacks,...

Some additional data on "green-on-green" attacks, that is insider attacks within the Afghan Army and police:

Afghan troops killing colleagues in greater numbers...
Forum: Africa 09-26-2012
Replies: 368
Views: 47,313
Posted By tequila
China offers support to Mali military in fight...

China offers support to Mali military in fight against Islamists (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/china-offers-support-to-mali-military-in-fight-against-islamists.html)



A decided lack...
Forum: Middle East 09-25-2012
Replies: 199
Views: 18,609
Posted By tequila
I fully agree, and I think that this is a...

I fully agree, and I think that this is a relatively good sign, though obviously follow-through is necessary. Hopefully the Libyan government can mobilize this into real support for a genuine...
Forum: Middle East 09-24-2012
Replies: 199
Views: 18,609
Posted By tequila
Were any Americans killed?

Were any Americans killed?
Forum: Middle East 09-19-2012
Replies: 614
Views: 50,217
Posted By tequila
From Nir Rosen, LRB - Among the Alawites...

From Nir Rosen, LRB - Among the Alawites (http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n18/nir-rosen/among-the-alawites)



The war has broken down into true civil war now, and one gets the feeling that there is...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-18-2012
Replies: 287
Views: 23,229
Posted By tequila
Maybe it's not a purely cultural clash at all: ...

Maybe it's not a purely cultural clash at all:

Afgan security forces worry about fratricidal brothers-in-arms...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-18-2012
Replies: 287
Views: 23,229
Posted By tequila
I imagine this might have something to do with...

I imagine this might have something to do with it:



It's tough to imagine any army growing that fast without loosening vetting standards or adopting a simple "push 'em out" style of training....
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-18-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 5,490
Posted By tequila
Doesn't that assume the attackers were local or...

Doesn't that assume the attackers were local or locally based?

This sort of sophisticated attack seems much more like the work of a trained cell of guys who rehearsed and planned well. That is,...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-18-2012
Replies: 287
Views: 23,229
Posted By tequila
US-Afghan military operations suspended...

US-Afghan military operations suspended...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-10-2012
Replies: 287
Views: 23,229
Posted By tequila
Remember that the Janissary/mamluk institution...

Remember that the Janissary/mamluk institution always existed as an attempt by the central ruler to establish a tribal-free institution and break his dependency on tribal or feudal forces.


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Forum: OEF - Horn of Africa 08-28-2012
Replies: 702
Views: 92,936
Posted By tequila
Piracy around Horn of Africa has plunged, U.S....

Piracy around Horn of Africa has plunged, U.S. says (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/world/africa/piracy-around-horn-of-africa-has-plunged-us-says.html)
Forum: Law Enforcement 08-28-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 8,867
Posted By tequila
Prosecutor: GA murder case uncovers terror plot...

Prosecutor: GA murder case uncovers terror plot (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SOLDIERS_CHARGED_PLOT?SITE=ILNOR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)



This crew sounds unhinged, but they...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 06-21-2012
Replies: 734
Views: 88,623
Posted By tequila
The banking, oil, natural gas, nuclear power,...

The banking, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, defense, and agricultural industries disagree with you. Nat gas and nuclear might be more "new" industry, but all the rest have been around for centuries...
Forum: Middle East 06-21-2012
Replies: 331
Views: 32,550
Posted By tequila
Oh, I agree that the Egyptian military will not...

Oh, I agree that the Egyptian military will not relent - I do not see any reason why we need to subsidize them while they crush the democracy movement, however. The money has many better purposes and...
Forum: Middle East 06-20-2012
Replies: 331
Views: 32,550
Posted By tequila
The West (well, the US) is not going to be able...

The West (well, the US) is not going to be able to avert its eyes and be seen as neutral - not when we subsidize the Egyptian military to the tune of $2 billion per year.

The fate of that $2...
Forum: Middle East 06-20-2012
Replies: 331
Views: 32,550
Posted By tequila
The military appears to be betting that it can...

The military appears to be betting that it can pull a Pakistan and essentially strip all meaningful power ...
Forum: Europe 05-13-2012
Replies: 504
Views: 59,615
Posted By tequila
German voters reject austerity in key poll ...

German voters reject austerity in key poll
(http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8edb6b32-9d18-11e1-9327-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1ulqBHJZw)
Forum: Law Enforcement 05-11-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,105
Posted By tequila
It's okay, Germany, Ricky Bobby is all over your...

It's okay, Germany, Ricky Bobby is all over your problem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keP4MBI1taY).
Forum: Asia-Pacific 05-09-2012
Replies: 734
Views: 88,623
Posted By tequila
In the case of Guatemala, I was referring to...

In the case of Guatemala, I was referring to Arbenz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobo_%C3%81rbenz). Though since you feel free to discard the case of Chile, I suppose this is not a valid case...
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