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    Great read. I printed it up and added it to my...

    Great read. I printed it up and added it to my "COIN notebook" that I'm building.

    I remember an incident from when I was there... I had been there for about two or three weeks when we accompanied...
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    Actually, I thought this came out over the...

    Actually, I thought this came out over the summer. My team and I discussed it, but we rationalized that, with all the #### we wore (kit, body armor, ACU top, THEN our underarmor), if fire finally...
  3. Thread: Baghdad Map

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    I served in east Baghdad and I can tell you that...

    I served in east Baghdad and I can tell you that there was some violence, but not to the degree that it was in other places.

    First, one problem is the definition of "Baghdad". When you say that,...
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    Poll: Why hasn't anyone thought about colluding with...

    Why hasn't anyone thought about colluding with the Chinese to overthrow Kim? China has to have more inroads in their military than we do... surely there must be SOMEBODY who can replace Kim that we...
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    I think the solution to our problems lie in...

    I think the solution to our problems lie in Kurdistan. Let them break away, with our tacit approval, then pull out of the rest of Iraq. Kurdistan has the oil and the best chance of stability...
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    Why does it need to be Iraqi military experience?...

    Why does it need to be Iraqi military experience? Perhaps he has experience in the Canadian (or some other western) Army.
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    So, anybody wanna tell me now that we AREN'T...

    So, anybody wanna tell me now that we AREN'T planning for a permanent footprint on the ground in the Middle-East?

    I now have rotations to Amman, Jordan to look forward to in addition to Graf and...
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    Yes, I'm a cop, but it has nothing to do with...

    Yes, I'm a cop, but it has nothing to do with that. To me, it's just plain, ol' common sense coupled with a "we REALLY want to win" mentality. This seems so absent in the hierarchy of the military...
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    I guess we'll find out soon. I have heard that...

    I guess we'll find out soon. I have heard that the first operational Osprey squadron will be heading with an ACE to the box sometime next year.

    While the Marines may envision it as a medium...
  10. If it wasn't so sad, our lack of understanding...

    If it wasn't so sad, our lack of understanding when it comes to the media and IO would be hilarious... something akin to the Keystone Cops. Perhaps it's the senior military's mindset of, "gee, we...
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    Besides the obvious OPSEC concerns of the post, I...

    Besides the obvious OPSEC concerns of the post, I will simply address the IED issue.

    The insurgents have always stayed one step ahead of us on the issue. While it's not a secret any longer that...
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    Forgive me for making a comparison, but this...

    Forgive me for making a comparison, but this sounds eerily like our backing of the Diem coup in 1963. If I'm not mistaken, the Kennedy Administration supported the ARVN when they had Diem...
  13. Thread: Fallujah

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    Why First Sergeant (now SgtMaj) Kasal did not...

    Why First Sergeant (now SgtMaj) Kasal did not receive a Medal of Honor for his actions that day is beyond me.
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    ilots, the events themselves are not force...

    ilots, the events themselves are not force multipliers in and of themselves... it is the way in which the insurgent exploits it... and this takes a savvy approach and understanding of IO and PSYOP. ...
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    JAG needs to find a way to get around that part...

    JAG needs to find a way to get around that part of the Conventions then... or start finding a way to change them. I'm not a lawyer... they are. That's their lane. In combat arms, grunts have to...
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    As a cop, I carry expansive small-arms rounds to...

    As a cop, I carry expansive small-arms rounds to be used against American citizens but I have to employ full-jacket rounds against my nation's enemies because of an outdated convention. I can...
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    I believe that the "strategic corporal" will...

    I believe that the "strategic corporal" will further erode with the new Army land-warrior system that is to be fielded in the near future. It is another step towards total information integration...
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    I was under the impression that the Marine Corps...

    I was under the impression that the Marine Corps was fielding PSYOP units now or that the Civil Affairs Groups were handling that end of things.
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    As a PSYOP soldier, this infuriates and...

    As a PSYOP soldier, this infuriates and frustrates me. I would hope the Marine Corps would be able to effectively utilize its PSYOP teams to combat this exact thing, but apparently they do not.
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    Troop formations and close-order drill are a good...

    Troop formations and close-order drill are a good thing for transitioning civilians into soldiers. You gotta have it for your conventional combat units.

    What you need for counterinsurgency though...
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    The best suggestion is that of something similar...

    The best suggestion is that of something similar to combined action platoons. We need to take companies, assign them a neighborhood (for large urban areas) or a village, and then send them there to...
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    Yes, wars are won by the nation, but I assert...

    Yes, wars are won by the nation, but I assert that the nation (our nation) is not fighting the war. The population is content to sit idly by and watch others go overseas while continuing on with...
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