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    Predator missions

    Most air Force missions are transient, i.e. they go from point A to Point B and back and sometimes spend a short time over a target. That is one reason why air power is a poor substitute for boots...
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    Whose strategy in Lebanon

    Iran and to some extent Syria supplied Hezballah with beau coup rockets for a purpose beyond responding to a Israeli attack on on Lebanon. Iran wanted the rockets to act as a strategic deterrent...
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    Attack helicopters vs. A-10s

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    I agree. I think the A-10 is a superior aircraft for that particular mission, and my guess is that if the Army was flying them, they would have been used.

    I am currently...
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    What he said when he was in charge

    In January 2004 Gen. Sanchez said, "I really believe that the only way we are going to lose here, is if we walk away from it like we did in Vietnam."
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    Travis vs. Santa Anna

    I think Santa Anna decision was the much bigger mistake and it wound up costing him the war, since the Texas Army under Sam Houston was able to get into a position to ultimately defeat him while he...
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    Did Israel hack into Syrian air defense system?

    This post suggest that may very well have happened.



    Meanwhile the Russians who supplied the air defense system to Syria and sold a similar one to Iran are furiously trying to figure out what...
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    Intelligence in War

    I just finished John Keegan's Intelligence In War. It is excellent. He uses some historic examples beginning with Nelson's search for the French fleet on its way to Egypt. His discussion of code...
  8. Terps

    Is there some reason why interpreters that we and the Brits have hired in Iraq could not be used as document translators? I understand that the Brits are concerned that their guys might get killed...
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    Training for what

    Will seem to be suggesting that the war was getting in the way of the Marines basic mission of training. I recall when I was in the training command prepping for my tour in Vietnam one of the...
  10. Asking the right questions

    Sometimes just asking the right questions can make a big difference in the effectiveness of our forces.
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    Combined arms still needed

    Most people recognized that sufficient mounted armor forces could have made a significant difference in the Blackhawk Down battle in Mogadishu.

    We also know that dismounted forces are more...
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    Defeating an insurgency

    I will not try to bridge the differences between LtC. Gentile an others. I think most of his metrics make sense despite a different emphasis in the COIN manual. In fact, I think the current...
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    Were the people firing on teh convoy wearing uniforms?

    I think Jedburgh and Steve Blair both make good points. I suspect the events surrounding the exchange of fire were much more nuanced than either side is revealing at this point. One point that...
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    Policy and strategy

    The Bush administrations policy in Iraq has too often been conflated with the strategies for implementing it by many of the critics of the policy. Thus the Abizaid-Casey small foot print strategy...
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    Defacing the monument

    Does anyone have a link to a news story on this, or has the media not covered it?
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    Choice of colors?

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    With an order that size, you can probably get it in Mary Kay pink.
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    Brits develop Mad Max Taliban chase vehicle

    You can see a photo and a description here.

    It is an open vehicle with several weapons mounted in various positions. Crew protection does not appear to have been a consideration. It is suppose...
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    Iraqis crossing US border

    I think most of them are Christians fleeing persecution by the terrorist in Iraq. The San Antonio Express News has done a series of articles on the Iraqis coming across the southern border. I will...
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    Accounting for WMD

    Marc,

    When we talk about honesty on the WMD issue too often we over look how we got there. Iraq was required to account for its WMD by virtue of a cease fire agreement and some 16 or so UN...
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    Pictures from the Taliban manual

    Use the link on my post to get to the Telegraph story. There is a link to several pictures from the manual. I have not been able to copy the link directly but it reads "In pictures: Taliban 'how...
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    Training for the Jihad (merged thread)

    From my post with excerpts from the UK Telegraph:



    I'm sure our intel guys will be eager to get their hands on it, although they seemed to have done a pretty good job of figuring out their...
  22. Wedding party blues

    Recall that early on in the war in Iraq when the Air Force was "bombing wedding parties" because of the "threat" from celebratory gunfire? The theme kind of wore itself out after it was used a few...
  23. Boney Fingers?

    I am not familiar with that one, but I am sure they would object to her somewhat autobiographical "I'll keep on falling in love 'Til I get it right" or I Don't Wanta Play House.

    Another C&W song...
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    A general uprising against al Qaeda

    I think we are riding the crest of a general uprising among the tribes against al Qaeda and its allies. This post describes a recent action in Iraq:



    It was after the uprising that the Iraqi...
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    Foolish but somewhat useful

    Tancrado's "deterrent" would obviously be a strategic mistake, but the suggestion is somewhat useful in countering the argument of the Islamist movement that we are at war with Islam, because it...
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