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    No way, the airforce lobby will kill any aircraft...

    No way, the airforce lobby will kill any aircraft program that jeopardizes their longing for slik, sexy, dollar-burning fighter jets. And if you ask why, they will cram you with their latest...
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    Wow, what's the fuss? Why can't we agree that the...

    Wow, what's the fuss? Why can't we agree that the Libya operation was a terrific example of trans-atlantic cooperation?
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    War in the European Union? Panic in the European...

    War in the European Union? Panic in the European Union? I do not see it. The Financial Times has a more sober explanation:


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  4. In that case, I do not have any other comment...

    In that case, I do not have any other comment than that I do not share your opinions.
  5. I do not buy that. Let us assume that some kind...

    I do not buy that. Let us assume that some kind of enemy emerges who wants to destroy democracy. Let us also assume this enemy is smart enough to understand EBO. Let us even assume that somehow this...
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    Why would some folks in the White House cheer...

    Why would some folks in the White House cheer this on and how would they achieve their political objectives by doing that?
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    It's nonsense, let's stop this thread.

    It's nonsense, let's stop this thread.
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    Ken, Dayuhan, Rex, Ok, thanks for putting...

    Ken, Dayuhan, Rex,

    Ok, thanks for putting things in perspective.

    Marc
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    Ok, Ken, I understand your position now, although...

    Ok, Ken, I understand your position now, although I disagree with it. What I do not understand is why you want to post on a "small wars" website if you think that anything smaller than WWII is too...
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    Ken, I'm not sure how to read your post. In...

    Ken,

    I'm not sure how to read your post. In the "any of the post '80 events cited" I included the emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the late nineties (who later hosted AQ, who later...
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    Lots of smileys and lots of jokes in this thread....

    Lots of smileys and lots of jokes in this thread.

    After the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan the Taliban emerged.

    After the PLO defeat in Beirut, Hezbollah emerged in southern Lebanon and Hamas...
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    Dayuhan, Sorry, but that sounds like a recipe...

    Dayuhan,

    Sorry, but that sounds like a recipe for yet another failure to get phase 4 right.

    Marc
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    Dayuhan, In an oil economy, "social justice"...

    Dayuhan,

    In an oil economy, "social justice" would mean that the large majority of the population, rather than a small elite benefits from the country's natural richness. A democracy functions...
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    Hereafter an interesting view on the outcome of...

    Hereafter an interesting view on the outcome of the Libyan revolution:

    http://abcclio.blogspot.com/2011/02/libya-another-power-bank-subjected-to.html
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    David, Sorry for this critical note, but I...

    David,

    Sorry for this critical note, but I think that "nearing the end" is not an appropriate title for this new tread. Ok, Gadafy will be gone soon. But experience shows that this simply means...
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    Mark, For a good overview of the links between...

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    For a good overview of the links between differing interpretations of Islamic law and their (in)compatibility with western secular law see "Western Muslims and the future of Islam By Tariq...
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    Abrams' performance during the first weeks of...

    Abrams' performance during the first weeks of OIF:
    http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/jfq_pubs/1539.pdf

    Abrams' performance during the second battle of Fallujah:...
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    Somehow, this isn't news anymore. Why?

    Somehow, this isn't news anymore. Why?
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    Why shoul the two go hand in hand?

    Revolutions revolve around mobilization power. Governement is about organizational skills. Why should the two go hand in hand?

    Revolutions aim at de-stabilizing the existing order. Stabilizing...
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    Jobu, For an innovative conflict analysis...

    Jobu,

    For an innovative conflict analysis model see: http://www.amazon.com/Stalemate-Conflicts-Democracies-Islamists-Autocrats/dp/0313384444/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1

    Regards,

    Marc
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    Of course the Army and Navy would allow this. And...

    Of course the Army and Navy would allow this. And they did. Guided anti-tank missiles often cost as much (or more) than the non-specialized vehicle that carries them (APC, light truck, all terrain...
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    Not necessarily. Nation building is not expensive...

    Not necessarily. Nation building is not expensive if you do it right. Operation Just Cause in Panama is a good example.
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    RedRaven, I don't ask you to take Trinquier's...

    RedRaven,

    I don't ask you to take Trinquier's book off the list. However, please note that the French lost most counterinsurgencies they got involved in. My suggestion is you read something on a...
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    Slapout9, Forgive me, but I will not be fooled...

    Slapout9,

    Forgive me, but I will not be fooled by your statement that army operations are some kind of subset to Warden's five-ring/parallel attack strategy.



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    Get well soon. All the best.

    Get well soon. All the best.
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