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Forum: Europe 1 Hour Ago
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Maybe the other option: the EU member states...

Maybe the other option: the EU member states outsourcing their protection to a combined UK/French nuclear umbrella, thereby replacing the umbrella provided by the US, is an option.
Forum: Europe 1 Hour Ago
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A couple of points: First, the existence of...

A couple of points:

First, the existence of a people's right to self-determination does not entail a correlative duty on others to ensure those people are able to exercise that right. In fact, on...
Forum: Europe 2 Hours Ago
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While some similarities exist between the...

While some similarities exist between the operations in Georgia and those in the Crimea, I think what the US was hoping to attain is very different from what Russia suspected was going on.
In my...
Forum: Europe 17 Hours Ago
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Posted By wm
I think we are in violent agreement except for...

I think we are in violent agreement except for your "By the way." As far as I know, Renatus and Vegetius are the same guy, namely Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus. What are your sources for a...
Forum: Europe 18 Hours Ago
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Posted By wm
As a follow-on to Stan's second point, how likely...

As a follow-on to Stan's second point, how likely is it that Russia will provide fissile material to the Ukrainians?
You can have all the technological know how you want, but you aren't building a...
Forum: Europe 18 Hours Ago
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I am, not quite sure that folks are saying just...

I am, not quite sure that folks are saying just left Putin do what he wants.

I would include Putin among those dinosaurs I mentioned here...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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As JMA may be aware, the origin of the phrase he...

As JMA may be aware, the origin of the phrase he quotes is Edward Luttwak's article describing Luttwak's position on what the US should do vis--vis Syria; the first part of that quoted section is a...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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Posted By wm
I am not so sure of the truth of this statement. ...

I am not so sure of the truth of this statement. I presume you are aware of mob or crowd psychology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_psychology). People have been known to get caught up in the...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
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I tend to rate The Daily Beast as a D3 to F6...

I tend to rate The Daily Beast as a D3 to F6 source. YMMV
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
What makes you so sure that the three letter...

What makes you so sure that the three letter agencies aren't being quite successful and have just gotten their security act back together as a result of incidents like Snowden and Manning?

You may...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
Playing favorites with the Tatars in Crimea may...

Playing favorites with the Tatars in Crimea may keep Tatars all over Russia from become the next group of terrorists in Russia. Too bad Putin doesn't really have similar options in Dagestan and...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
As I remember things, General Haig learned his...

As I remember things, General Haig learned his foreign policy practice from Henry Kissinger, the guy who brought us detente and SALT. Haig left the SACEUR position in July 1979, retiring into the...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
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Posted By wm
Have it your way. But what the term...

Have it your way. But what the term "intelligence" means to USAF practitioners is not what it means to others. I still stand by my assertion that it is better understood as combat information...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Posted By wm
ISR to the USAF is not intelligence-it is...

ISR to the USAF is not intelligence-it is generally little more than imagery or other technical data used to identify/confirm likely targets. It is better understood as combat information. The...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
I used Market Garden to point out how easily one...

I used Market Garden to point out how easily one could interdict a narrow avenue of approach. So let's take a look at the terrain in southern Ukraine, over which Russian forces would probably have...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
Please do not equate Management's failure to act...

Please do not equate Management's failure to act in the way one might wish with a failure on the part of the intelligence community to identify a possible upcoming opportunity for that Management to...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
Two very different scenarios for NEO, but this...

Two very different scenarios for NEO, but this thread is not the place to discuss that. other than to say I think you are comparing apples to icebergs and to note that different commanders have very...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
In the video links I have seen, I have not seen...

In the video links I have seen, I have not seen any heavy armor--looked to me like tracked armored personnel carriers --BMP 3 perhaps--not tanks. The still photos of rail-loading tanks posted here...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
Let's look at the quotation from the Daily Mail...

Let's look at the quotation from the Daily Mail link you posted



A significant word to focus on in the commentary is "could". Had the General said "will" then you might have something more to...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
Over and above the debt issue, one wonders about...

Over and above the debt issue, one wonders about future loss of revenue to Gazprom. Econ 101 and price theory-- as price goes up demand goes down unless the demand is inelastic. Particularly with...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
Are you sure it wasn't puerile, kindisch or...

Are you sure it wasn't puerile, kindisch or kinderagtige?:p

At least my post commented somewhat humorously on the quality of the fact checking done by some of the sources cited here.

BTW,...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
As you so often accuse others, it now seems to be...

As you so often accuse others, it now seems to be your turn to be unable to state a concrete position and instead just do some Google searching followed by selective cutting/pasting to support your...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
A fallacy is an error in reasoning. Unlike...

A fallacy is an error in reasoning. Unlike mirhond, to whom you inappropriately compared me, I do not to just drop the fallacy bomb whenever I feel like it. I chose to point out that JMA had...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
I read a lot from all sides and do so quite...

I read a lot from all sides and do so quite carefully. One wonders about your ability to quote accurately. A case in point follows.
Youi said:
Here's the CNN story's excerpt ...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By wm
A quote (or misquote?) from a Swedish daily--who...

A quote (or misquote?) from a Swedish daily--who knows for sure as yet again you do not source your quotation.
"Putins Ziel sei es, ein Russland wie unter Zar Nicholas II. oder Stalins Sowjetunion...
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