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    Hi David Thank you for linking. I would give...

    Hi David

    Thank you for linking. I would give Tankel's book a strong recommendation, I learned a lot about LeT from it, but his thrust is predominantly a political-historical narrative. The subject...
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    Well....

    Is General Petraeus going to also be simultaneously appointed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Or will the rank become official upon his retirement?

    Because Petraeus will outrank...
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    Now reading....

    Magic and Mayhem: The Delusions of Foreign Policy from Korea to Afghanistan by Derek Leebaert

    and

    The Bin Ladens by Steve Coll

    Recently finished:

    Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of...
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    Thanks Slap - permalinks

    Here's the permalink to the original post by Lexington Green:

    http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/15295.html

    FWIW: Lex's primary interest is politics and history but he is a serious aficianado of...
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    WM wrote: No, you arbitrarily ruled out...

    WM wrote:



    No, you arbitrarily ruled out the most germane case study available a priori is all, because it was favorable to small units and of immediate relevance to the current conflict....
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    Hi WM

    Late is always better than never!



    Actually there's no more logical reason to keep WWII conceptually aggregated than the War on Terror. There's very little the kind of fighting Stillwell did in...
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    Nixon

    Wilf wrote:



    While Richard Nixon was a complex and morally flawed man, when he was at his best as a statesman there's much there worthy of admiration and close study. Coming into office having...
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    Dr. Marc, Very true. Iraq was a stretch...

    Dr. Marc,



    Very true. Iraq was a stretch and Afghanistan morphing in under a half-century is an impossibility.



    Amen. For an anthropologist, you are a fine economist.
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    Effect of Tet

    Would LBJ have lost the presidential primary in New Hampshire without the effects of Tet? His poll numbers dropped steeply

    Would LBJ have withdrawn from the race for the presidency on March 1st or...
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    Economics

    Economics, not business.

    You can only fight to the degree and for so long as you can afford to pay for the kind of fighting that you are doing. Different kinds of fighting incurs different sets...
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    Hi Dr. Marc There are significant...

    Hi Dr. Marc



    There are significant potential costs to not having big forces. Agreed. I am not interested in having a military that cannot operate large units.

    That said, using big units...
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    Hi Wilf

    Wilf wrote:



    Most historians of the Vietnam War would strenuously disagree with your interpretation Wilf.

    Sure, there are downstream decisions of greater importance but they would have been...
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    Perils of explaining away the CNN effect

    Marshal Tukhachevskii wrote:



    This is the equivalent to saying "No fair! They cheated!" and that had we been able to control the environment and worldview of the participants, all would have...
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    Late to the party

    First, a thank you to Wilf for giving me a head's up about this discussion earlier today. It was interesting to read being composed of a mixture of fair criticism of Arquilla's article and some...
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    Disagreement is healthy

    Yes, that however was the point of origin for the concept of terrorism and "Terrorists", as a state agency, propagators of "the Terror" during the French Revolution, though the tactic is ancient (see...
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    Process is already unfolding

    "Is there any fear that someone is going to copy this guy? "

    Stack is a copycatter. Austin is the third incident of using a plane to crash a building ( not including other plots that were...
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    Follow up du Schmedlap......

    While the age of the victims in a school shooting evokes sympathy, terrorism is more troubling because it is directed at the legitimacy of the state or society. If either unravels problems are...
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    Schmedlap

    Excellent question!

    Yes.

    A guy going postal because of personal issues doesn't have the attractive or inspirational potential of politically motivated terrorism. In other words, terrorism can...
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    "An expert is someone who has made all of the...

    "An expert is someone who has made all of the mistakes that can be made in a narrow field" - Niels Bohr:D
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    Contradictions proving the point....

    Ken wrote:



    Ken also wrote:



    and also:
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    Query

    Ken wrote:



    So, if a bomb explodes in the marketplace, and the media of a regime suppresses the information ( and thus, the spread of fear) the bombing isn't an act of terrorism?
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    Selil wrote:



    Actually, that would drive superintendents nuts, Sam.

    Most university teacher training programs do not emphasize the epistemological methodology that has been demonstrated by...
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    Terrorism

    This is really an argument regarding parameters. I think Ken is taking a far too narrow view of what constitutes "terrorism", historically speaking.

    Certainly, well-organized, highly ideological,...
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    Hi Wilf,

    Will try to respond in reverse order, more or less, since my last comment:



    Good and fair question. Because if you do not deign to consider the media's impact of how they are likely...
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    Always good to hear from you, Wilf and glad that you helped get this discussion flowing. Your views here on the media and warfare are neat, plausible and wrong:D

    The media is not "irrelevant"....
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