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    In terms of the border control mission, what's...

    In terms of the border control mission, what's the off-road performance of the JAKE like? wouldn't the undersized front wheels cause problems?
  2. have a copy sitting on my desk right now in fact....

    have a copy sitting on my desk right now in fact. I don't suppose anyone here knows anything about the author, Lawrence M Greenberg?

    ...didn't notice General Stofft had written the foreward. He...
  3. Sorry to hear that you don't want to continue,...

    Sorry to hear that you don't want to continue, I've enjoyed and found interesting our back-and-forth here.

    Couple notes in closing:

    I'm confident on my sourcing on the site of the Aurora Quezon...
  4. I think you're conflating "Huks" with CPP or the...

    I think you're conflating "Huks" with CPP or the Communist political leadership more generally. I think if you took your average Huk trigger-man in the barrios, they were not openly participating in...
  5. Why is that? I don't follow the logic of your...

    Why is that? I don't follow the logic of your point.


    Again, I don't see why this is proof of a lack of central coordination in the violence that took place before 1950. If Taruc wasn't already...
  6. I just don't buy into the fact that the violence...

    I just don't buy into the fact that the violence from '46 to '50 wasn't organized at a higher than local level. That just does not mesh with the facts. Stalin University was reopened in '46, Taruc...
  7. We're not really disagreeing on too much here,...

    We're not really disagreeing on too much here, except I take serious issue with the idea that between '46 and '50 there were only "several skirmishes". By '48, Quirino had committed the regular army...
  8. Right, but overall the PKP did not accomplish its...

    Right, but overall the PKP did not accomplish its goals in the '46 elections, and that was when party leaders began to look towards armed struggle as the answer.

    I'm not arguing over your...
  9. Pinoyme, I'd disagree with your first statement...

    Pinoyme,
    I'd disagree with your first statement that MacArthur's antipathy towards the Huks contributed greatly to the start of the Huk Rebellion.

    I think that the basic motivating factor behind...
  10. I would argue that calling "regular" warfare...

    I would argue that calling "regular" warfare "regular" has always been a misnomer. Over the course of human history, what we now term irregular or asymmetric is in fact far and away the dominant form...
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    I think it's arguable that India was in fact a...

    I think it's arguable that India was in fact a "real" democracy, as opposed to just having democratic form, at least until the end of Indira's emergency. Congress party exercised so much patronage...
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    I was trolling old forum threads and found this,...

    I was trolling old forum threads and found this, figured I'd put in my two cents.

    SIIC (formerly SCIRI) is in favor of a Southern federal zone. Dawa, the Mahdi Army, and the clerical leadership in...
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    Baghdad being self-partitioned doesn't change the...

    Baghdad being self-partitioned doesn't change the issue. You can't allocate non-continguous neighborhoods to two neighboring states likely to be rivals, so that's out. The idea of making Baghdad a...
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    Here's the reason partition can't work: There are...

    Here's the reason partition can't work: There are no logical borders.

    People look at the big chunk of Shiites in the south and Kurds in the north and figure that it makes sense to cut the country...
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    Well, there are also huge ramifications for the...

    Well, there are also huge ramifications for the geopolitical situation in the Islamic world if a semi-stable Iraq emerges that would benefit Sistani greatly. People forget that Najaf is a much older...
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    except... he's fictional ;) You're probably...

    except... he's fictional ;)

    You're probably right here, I'm just a huge fan of Suomussalmi. Can't get the image of Finnish territorials on skis cutting up the Red Army out of my head.
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    WM, I obviously wouldn't put him on the same...

    WM, I obviously wouldn't put him on the same level as a lot of the people we're talking about, but I think he does deserve more credit that you're giving him.

    His success at Suomussalmi wasn't so...
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    Figured I'd try to revive this thread a bit. ...

    Figured I'd try to revive this thread a bit.

    How about Hjalmar Sillasvuo? Granted, he was only a colonel at the time of Suomussalmi, but he did kick the stuffing out of two Soviet divisions with a...
  19. Norfolk, I agree with your last comment...

    Norfolk, I agree with your last comment completely. I think we'd be looking at a very different Jordan today. Where we probably disagree is that I think there is a strong case to be made that the...
  20. Just as a clarification, I'm not saying I would...

    Just as a clarification, I'm not saying I would have supported an Israeli expulsion of more Palestinians in '67, just that I could see a rational policy basis for them to have done so, while a...
  21. In a very limited, raw policy sense, it would...

    In a very limited, raw policy sense, it would have made sense for Israel to try to force a population transfer out of the West Bank, and particularly the highlands ringing Jerusalem, in the aftermath...
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    Tom, the big secret I'd give an arm and a leg to...

    Tom, the big secret I'd give an arm and a leg to find out more about is the Tshombe 1968 rescue rumor -- that a bunch of mercenaries rescued him somehow and brought him to Rhodesia, although he died...
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    Katangese Secession in early post-independence...

    Katangese Secession in early post-independence Congo? Great mercenary stories from that one, and it definitely has had long-term impact on that part of the world.
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    The Hukbalahap war in the Philippines is a huge...

    The Hukbalahap war in the Philippines is a huge one. It should be one of the great examples of how to do COIN properly, but it's relegated to the margins because Malaya was roughly contemporaneous...
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    The problem is, though, that the cost of entry to...

    The problem is, though, that the cost of entry to war has been lowered to such a great degree by advances in technology that smaller and smaller groups are progressively able to cause greater and...
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