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    The Road Past Mandalay

    I would recommend the book "The Road Past Mandalay: A Personal Narrative" by John Masters. The author was an officer in the Ghurkas at the start of World War II, and first participated in the...
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    Americans are a self-selected group

    Americans are a “self-selected” group. By that I mean that the people that came here (Irish, English, Scots-Irish, German….) were a little bit different then their countrymen. To l eave home and...
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    They once had a system somewhat like that when...

    They once had a system somewhat like that when the area was a British Mandate form the end of World War I to the creation of the State of Israel. The British had the “British Palestine Police...
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    Praise in public, criticize in private

    One of the first lessons that I was taught, that I actually used was the policy of "praise in public, and cricize in private". If a smuck like me knows that then I am sure that Secretary Gates and...
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    Wow

    I am glad those guys are on our side.
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    Columbus, New Mexico 1916

    It has happened before in 1916 at Columbus, New Mexico (see link to wikipedia article):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa_Expedition

    General Pershing command of the expedition helped to...
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    The Big Issue Will be Secretary Gates' Staff

    The Beltway Insiders and Pundits say the following about Gates retention:

    1. He wants to go and at most will stay a year, and

    2. That most of his Deputy and Assistant Secretaries he currently...
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    President Elect Obama and Britain

    Attached is a link to a TimesonLine article about President-Elect Obama, and how his grandfather was arrested by the British in Kenya during the Mau Mau:
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    Pretty Good To Do List

    Attached is a link to a pretty good "To Do" List for changes in India to help them deal with future Mumbai-style attacks:

    http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/01mumterror-26-things-to-do.htm

    As...
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    It has always been that way

    I recently read a biography of Presidnet Eisenhower that stated that during his pre-World War II military career he purposefully tried to appear less intelligent then he was to avoid making other...
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    I Wonder What We Will Get

    First of all let me thank everyone who responded to my question about possibly bringing back the draft. I got a great deal from the responses (facts and perspectives that had not occurred to me).
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    Question: Bringing Back the Draft

    Everyone and Anyone,

    I am asking this question as a non-Military type.

    I hear a great deal of discussion by "pundits" in the media about "National Service", which basically means bring back the...
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    He was not a fan of the movie

    According to the AP article on him he did not like either the movie or Americans. According to his son -

    But he also said his father was not a fan of the movie.

    "He wasn't the greatest...
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    Poll: Afghanistan - Us Vs. Allies

    As a non-military type, I would like to get some input from those more knowledgeable to help me understand an article I read in the "Economist" magazine regarding Afghanistan "A ray of light in a...
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    My Experiences With Civilian Agencies And Lessons Learned

    I regards to civilian support for military operations, stability operations and emergency responses I have some experience which has lead me to the conclusion that it just won’t work. In order to...
  16. Thank You

    I would like to thank everyone for their responses. They have been very helpful, and have given me some interesting leads.

    I have improved my description in the public profile, and have added...
  17. Looking for Information on Constabulary Forces

    Hello,

    I am doing research into constabulary forces, and am doing some comparison on conntrasts, and I am trying to get additional information sources on the following organizations:

    - British...
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