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Forum: Trigger Puller 09-09-2010
Replies: 179
Views: 47,706
Posted By Coldstreamer
...something missing from this debate

Combat? War? A lot of parallel, inter-related, relative stuff here.

If you are on a small scale focussed intervention - say a NEO or a Hostage Rescue effort - you may still find yourself in a...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 11-12-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 22,426
Posted By Coldstreamer
Of course

...winning always struck me as an attractive option. There are too few people with the guts to publicly face down - and correct - ill informed public opinion.

We shouldn't bloody withdraw. We...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-12-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 34,864
Posted By Coldstreamer
Little danger of that!

Little danger of that!
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 11-12-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 22,426
Posted By Coldstreamer
Excellent.

Excellent.
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 11-12-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 22,426
Posted By Coldstreamer
It ain't pretty any way you look at it...

...to the uninitiated, our Prime Minister is unlucky, hapless and a poor communicator who despite some errors, has an opportunistic opposition and some slightly dubious senior military advisors who...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-12-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 34,864
Posted By Coldstreamer
Its all to do with definitions...

...my battalion ran Distributed Ops in the Defence against a superior armoured force on a TESEX last year, which worked very well. Distributed, highly dispersed light role infantry operating as...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 11-12-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 22,426
Posted By Coldstreamer
You can guarantee fear of retribution played a...

You can guarantee fear of retribution played a part.
Speaking out of turn is the greatest possible thought-crime in our Soviet-ised system.
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 06-26-2009
Replies: 1,063
Views: 327,691
Posted By Coldstreamer
I'm not sure its as bad as all that. Queen's...

I'm not sure its as bad as all that. Queen's Birthday Parade went well.
I had a splendid time in Afghanistan, and was quite clear what my purpose there was.




Bringing all my men home...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 06-18-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 10,966
Posted By Coldstreamer
I'm with Wilf here. I remember getting into a...

I'm with Wilf here. I remember getting into a prolonged argument with a spook about why the Taleban had a viable stake in the future of their country, and hence the reason for reconciliation. ...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 06-18-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 5,581
Posted By Coldstreamer
Metrics

Body counts became discerdited in Vietnam not least because they only measured attrition as oppose to other conditions for COIN success, but also because there were suspicions of exaggeration.
In...
Forum: Trigger Puller 06-13-2009
Replies: 98
Views: 81,094
Posted By Coldstreamer
I used to hate people

who made points like this...but are there not significant Positive ID issues with an munition like this? If you can't see behind the defilade, you can't tell if there are women, children, hostages or...
Forum: Trigger Puller 06-08-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 9,459
Posted By Coldstreamer
You think you've got it bad!

Wait to you actually procure it. Then we'll have to as well in order to maintain 'interoperability'. Only in order to preserve UK jobs, we won't just buy your model. Oh no. We'll build the...
Forum: Intelligence 06-07-2009
Replies: 122
Views: 77,737
Posted By Coldstreamer
We're ALL speshul! Thanks for the...

We're ALL speshul!

Thanks for the encouraging words. We'll see how it goes. Its always easy to get excited about a 'new' idea - we need to stay focussed on getting the product collected and...
Forum: Intelligence 06-06-2009
Replies: 122
Views: 77,737
Posted By Coldstreamer
My battalion is (probably) going to return to...

My battalion is (probably) going to return to Afgh this autumn.

From the last time, the big 'take away' was not to rely on any form of external specialist augmentation. Simply not enough...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-04-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 6,264
Posted By Coldstreamer
Yeah, I'd go with that. And the fiction that...

Yeah, I'd go with that. And the fiction that follows. Such as WW1 was stupid, mindless attrition....in the context of the problems they faced, trench warfare made sense...and only evolved after...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-04-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 20,766
Posted By Coldstreamer
I can't believe...

..no one seems to have mentioned 'Once An Eagle' by Anton Myrer - ultimate novel of command, integrity and self respect. It also has sex in it.
...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-04-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 6,264
Posted By Coldstreamer
All over this...

Wilf,

I'm glad I read to the bottom before posting, because you'd already posted all the Mattis wisdom (EBO et al) that I was going to cite.

Indeed refreshing to have command led impatience...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
I prefer the phrase 'last best hope'...! If...

I prefer the phrase 'last best hope'...!

If we were to banter, I'd recall Churchill's famous words
"America can always be trusted to do the right thing...after it has exhausted all alternatives"...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
Bang on. Today's problem is a pretty average...

Bang on. Today's problem is a pretty average collection of decisionmakers in the political class of the West. Particularly unfortunate at this juncture of history...Remember the roll call at...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
When the Cold War was raging, much of Africa was...

When the Cold War was raging, much of Africa was indeed riven by insurgency. And many of those insurgencies were fuelled by bad governance- expertly stoked by communist agent provocateurs and...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
Now now...when Rupert and Tarquin are sober...

Now now...when Rupert and Tarquin are sober they're actually quite bright! More importantly, they have decent estates for their fat old company commander to shoot upon - so cease your Light Division...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
Brother, As most of the time, violently...

Brother,

As most of the time, violently agreeing. I was taking issue more with some of the other comments. My bad for being less than clear.
However, with the compressed 24/7 news cycle, the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
Wilf may be right about Strategic Corporals --...

Wilf may be right about Strategic Corporals -- but I was once a Sensuous Sergeant. It's all about the means to the end desired.. :D[/QUOTE]

Too much information! But at least you knew what you...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 139,668
Posted By Coldstreamer
...er....from a struggling woodentop...

Isn't 'strategy' to do with the context[B[/B] of the issue, rather than its relative merits?

Therefore, a Platoon Commander thinking hard about how to destroy a Dushka firing from a compound is...
Forum: The Coalition Speaks 06-02-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 61,851
Posted By Coldstreamer
Magnificent! Of course, if you set off on...

Magnificent!

Of course, if you set off on time, you wouldn't need to run....
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