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    Violence Begets Violence

    Friends,

    I wanted to share this recent series of Guardian interviews with Dr. Emma Sky questioning the impact of the Long War on both the troops and the effected populace. Emma, along with Dr....
  2. Ignoring Small Wars: Somebodies, Nobodies, And the Politics of Dignity

    All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, And the Politics of Dignity

    by Robert Fuller
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    Reinhold Niebuhr

    I've long thought that we needed a Serenity Prayer for our Foreign Policy. As it turns out, the author of that prayer was one of the moral forces/grandfather to 20th century thoughts to include...
  4. Thread: Another way?

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    Airborne Slap

    Airborne, Slap. I really like the Americanism idea. Teaching what it means to be a good citizen, which is not simply about one's rights but also one's responsibilities.

    Actually, this is kind of...
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    Steve, I've always paid close attention when Ken...

    Steve, I've always paid close attention when Ken White is sharing his journey :)
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    Opportunity Cost

    The emphasis that I added to Bill's quote is quite profound. What I am hopeful is what will happen when veterans return and apply the same energy to their own communities. Except this time, it will...
  7. Thread: Another way?

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    Bill Moore

    If you think that I'm tough on Galula and the COIN stuff, then you can imagine how tough I am on the peace studies folks :).

    In my mind, as we study, theorize, and practice, we must be realistic. ...
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    Enthropy

    I think this sums up the sentiments of a lot of folks. As I was trying to make my own decision, I thought about how I'd gone from one village where the neighbors were trying to kill each other to...
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    Another way?

    Read more on direct link:
    http://www.lineofdeparture.com/2012/06/06/foxtrot-echo-whiskey/

    Or via the website itself:http://www.lineofdeparture.com/#ixzz1x2Y1y7o4
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    Baghdad Mosquito

    Hi Bill,

    I just wanted to second Bill Moore's comment on the Baghdad Mosquito. It, along with some other ad hoc outlets, helped me learn my job and immerse into Iraq during my tours.

    I can't...
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    At some point, our law enforcement efforts will...

    At some point, our law enforcement efforts will become too expensive, and we're going to have to ask if we willing to lose our civil liberties when drones are flying over the skies and we're using...
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    Economic Cost of Raiding Strategy

    I would suggest exploring the economic costs of raiding and imprisonment. Below is one cost-prison in the state of Massachusetts.


    The Cost to Taxpayers
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    Root Cause?

    I don't think that passive support is the root cause of the problems of gangs and drugs in a community.

    The gangs are present because a demand exist for illegal drugs.

    Conducting raids and...
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    3-7 cav?

    Hi Brent,

    From a cursory search of the internet, it looks like you were in 3-7 CAV. As I did some time in 1-64 AR, I'm a bit familiar with your unit, and I would state with some authority that...
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    Mh/chaos

    MH/CHAOS: The CIA's Campaign Against the New Radical Left and the Black Panthers
    by Frank J. Rafalko

    First hand account. I haven't read the book yet, but I will and will interview author when...
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    Books

    Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970
    by Douglas McAdam

    Blood Done Signed My Name
    by Tim Tyson
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    Mett-tc

    It's a matter of applying COIN doctrine (or TTPs) properly for the environment.

    For my folks back home in NC, I'm seriously considering asking some of the senior leaders,

    What the hell did you...
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    Demilitarizing Domestic Policing?

    Bill M,

    Conversely, after 9/11, the flow of money from Department of Homeland Security down to local police forces allowed many groups to outfit SWAT type units. There is some serious concern...
  19. Acronyms are a weakness:D Just listen to some...

    Acronyms are a weakness:D

    Just listen to some Tupac!
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    Repost my answer

    A preview to my forthcoming contribution to Foreign Policy Magazine next month, 17. True or false: Americans are safer today than when Obama took office.

    True, but this is a false choice. Worrying...
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    A Preview of my answers

    A preview to my forthcoming contribution to Foreign Policy Magazine next month, 17. True or false: Americans are safer today than when Obama took office.

    True, but this is a false choice. Worrying...
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    I think a wise old man quotes this one,

    I think a wise old man quotes this one,
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    True, but

    You don't wrestle with a pig in the mud b/c the pig likes to get dirty:eek:

    There are better ways
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    Brain Dumps- Intellectual Immigration

    China's Rich Consider Leaving Growing Nation
    by Frank Langfitt
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    Brilliant Post!!!

    Here's two complimentary ideas.

    1. We (military) need to operationalize and codify what we did right over the last ten years (Techniques at clearing and pacification top the list).

    2. We...
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