SMALL WARS COUNCIL
Go Back   Small Wars Council > Search Forums

Showing results 1 to 25 of 200
Search took 1.34 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: davidbfpo
Forum: Middle East 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 791
Views: 23,477
Posted By davidbfpo
James Foley, Islamic State and the imagery of death...

Here in the UK much ink has been spilt, with a rather hurried political response and some frankly strange US reporters filing reports (WaPo & NYT).

I am unsure what ISIS sought from this murder....
Forum: Middle East 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 201
Views: 20,280
Posted By davidbfpo
Libya and the robbers: bankers and militias

A fascinating article 'How Libya Blew Billions and Its Best Chance at Democracy' that reveals that Libya's riches have been stolen on a huge scale amidst the chaos of militias vying for...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 13,810
Posted By davidbfpo
Darfur: The Genocide the World Got Tired of

A rare article on events in Darfur, I'd forgotten there was a UN mission there, known as UNAMID (a hybrid with the AU) and in place for six...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,889
Posted By davidbfpo
Having done a little research I thought SWC...

Having done a little research I thought SWC readers should be aware that your link dated back to 2004 and that the Estonian state insisted on the statue being moved from a public to a private site....
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,889
Posted By davidbfpo
Statues are more than history

Citing Mirhond in part:

The linked BBC report is from 2004. The statue was actually moved at the insistence of the Estonian government to a private location...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 791
Views: 23,477
Posted By davidbfpo
It's just reaching for a hammer because it is a hammer and it's to hand

Richard Barrett, ex-SIS (MI6) and UN, has been interviewed and is scathing about intervention in Iraq / Syria. I have cited him at length, editing out gaps in the...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By davidbfpo
A western front: Carpathian Ruthenia

Yes time to check your atlas, where is Carpathian Ruthenia? Well it is an obscure district of Western Ukraine, bordering Hungary, with a substantial Hungarian minority (12%, 151k) and Ukrainians...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 923
Posted By davidbfpo
Caught in a vice

Yes I would agree. I did find their latest offering on ISIS strained credibility, but when you consider the restrictions placed upon them it is easier to understand.

This is reflected in the...
Forum: International Politics 3 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill, Perhaps the best way to start - if...

Bill,

Perhaps the best way to start - if given political consent - is to look at emergency responses, not partnership with its multitude of issues. Even knowing who to call is a start.
Forum: Africa 3 Days Ago
Replies: 166
Views: 10,956
Posted By davidbfpo
Which Muslim Brotherhood?

Given the variety of approaches within the Mulsim Brotherhood (MB) over recent years, I cannot see this 'whisper' being that effective. Is it the MB led by Morsi in Egypt or those who rose in the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 763
Posted By davidbfpo
KingJaja, I don't dispute your remarks and...

KingJaja,

I don't dispute your remarks and my knowledge of Africa does not include knowledge of trade.

Now three decades ago I recall a conservative South African journalist remarking that...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 763
Posted By davidbfpo
Citing Bill (due to my length):Yesterday's...

Citing Bill (due to my length):Yesterday's prologue: Europe, especially as the EU gained momentum alongside increasing trade flows within the EU, in effect largely turned inward. Yes there were...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 656
Views: 60,750
Posted By davidbfpo
Would arming Syria’s rebels have stopped the Islamic State?

A detailed WaPo article, with many links, that looks back to the early days of the Syrian Civil War 'Would arming Syria’s rebels have stopped the Islamic...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 4 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 763
Posted By davidbfpo
Can the USA learn from Europe?

I will try to give a reply, mainly from my armchair in the UK, sorry Great Britain.

Many factors led to several European nations seeking and gaining colonies around the world. For a long period...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 4 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 5,841
Posted By davidbfpo
What the Danes think

An unclassified Danish Security Service (PET) Center for Terror Analysis has published:

...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 4 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 923
Posted By davidbfpo
Three block war: butchers not corporals

A fascinating, horrible Vice documentary from Tripoli, Lebanon's second city which illustrates how a city - in places - has become the fiefdom of the new warlords, barons et...
Forum: International Politics 6 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By davidbfpo
Interests in common: Should China join the Global SOF Network?

Thanks to a Twitter tip for a RAND podcast 'China:The Reluctant Partner' which advocates that China (PRC) becomes a partner against terrorism and...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 763
Posted By davidbfpo
what should Washington's relationship with the developing World be?

Thread created after KingJaja's post, so in a moment that post and responses will have a new home for SWC to ponder and debate his question:
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 791
Views: 23,477
Posted By davidbfpo
Why does Isis hate us so much? Part 2

Shashank Joshi, of RUSI, has another article 'Where does the Islamic State's fetish with beheading people come...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 183
Views: 47,677
Posted By davidbfpo
Al-Qaeda’s Playbook: Persistence toward the Caliphate

A short review by Professor Bruce Hoffman:http://news.siteintelgroup.com/blog/index.php/entry/229-al-qaeda%E2%80%99s-playbook-persistence-toward-the-caliphate

Starts with:
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 763
Posted By davidbfpo
Thumbs up Good, no excellent question

I think that might become a new thread very soon!
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 791
Views: 23,477
Posted By davidbfpo
Two very different policy advocates say

SWJ has id'd a Bing West article:http://www.nationalreview.com/article/385369/how-defeat-isil-bing-west

As I posted on SWJ there is something wrong with his advocacy:

I have read Bing's article...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By davidbfpo
The "Little Green Men" are in Hungary

A forthright commentary by Professor John Schindler, the actual title being 'How Russia Wages Special War Against NATO and the EU' and offers a view of Hungary that is...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 6 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 2,150
Posted By davidbfpo
A 'grunt' responds to McFate

The formal title to this blog comment is 'Security Force Assistance: Creating a New Paradigm', the author is a serving US Army infantry captain, so extra value...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 5,455
Posted By davidbfpo
Photos and roses for GRU’s ‘spetsnaz’ casualties

This FT article is behind a registration 'wall', which allows limited access:


It ends citing Nigel Inkster, of IISS, ex-SIS (MI6):

...
Showing results 1 to 25 of 200

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7. ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Registered Users are solely responsible for their messages.
Operated by, and site design © 2005-2009, Small Wars Foundation