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Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-12-2014
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Posted By wm
After reflecting on the Army's values as found in...

After reflecting on the Army's values as found in the old FM-1 and its replacement, ADP 1, I have come to the conclusion that Lind has it just wrong. Moral courage is alive and well in the U.S....
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-12-2014
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Posted By wm
I only responded to what you previously suggested...

I only responded to what you previously suggested I review from the Officer Selection thread. Apparently your posts there did not provide the correct information.
I offer only my own opinions on...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-12-2014
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Posted By wm
I would not have expected any different response...

I would not have expected any different response from you. However, you might want to look at ADP 1 The Army, dated September 2012, with Change1, 7 Nov 12 and Change 2 dated 6 Aug 13. This document...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-12-2014
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Posted By wm
Hoisted by Your Own Petard?

I am reminded of that piece of doggerel about the devil quoting scripture for his own purposes.

What do you make of the very first sentences of the Foreword of the 2005 version of FM-1?...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-10-2014
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Posted By wm
I asked you to explain how you reached that...

I asked you to explain how you reached that conclusion. Clearly you would rather duck-and-dive and worm your way out of that.[/QUOTE]
Your original request was rather different. viz.:




But...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-10-2014
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Posted By wm
I suspect your "soldier" would be much more like...

I suspect your "soldier" would be much more like what I might call a "warrior. " Militaries need some warriors at the pointy end of the spear, but the spear has a lot more to it than just the point. ...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-10-2014
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Posted By wm
I cannot tell you how many get removed for the...

I cannot tell you how many get removed for the various reasons, nor can I tell you how many choose to leave voluntarily or somewhat involuntarily. However, you might recall that in America we live...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-10-2014
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Posted By wm
In the original post I noted the quotations were...

In the original post I noted the quotations were from Wikipedia. Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Buchan,_1st_Baron_Tweedsmuir. Perhaps you would like to refute the claims made...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-10-2014
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Posted By wm
Too bad you have chosen to use mockery and...

Too bad you have chosen to use mockery and equivocation to try to make points.

On a serious note, the US has a history of fear of standing armies, choosing instead to rely on the call up of...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-09-2014
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Posted By wm
Deadly Force

Fuchs,
US military members are authorized to use deadly force outside the battlefield as well. The restrictions are very explicit, but that, as well as being subject to a special penal code, the...
Forum: Europe 05-09-2014
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Posted By wm
If you reread the last paragraph in the post that...

If you reread the last paragraph in the post that led to the above response, you will note that I spoke about the analyst doing source and content evaluation.

BTW, one wonders why the language in...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 05-09-2014
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Posted By wm
Interesting story on the Admiral Kuznetsov from...

Interesting story on the Admiral Kuznetsov from War is Boring https://medium.com/war-is-boring/c4ed4afff987 I also understand that the ship was scheduled for major refit this year. Perhaps it is on...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-09-2014
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Posted By wm
A soldier is one who defends non-soldiers from...

A soldier is one who defends non-soldiers from the attacks of others. Soldiers are a breed apart because society has authorized them to violate the prohibition against killing other humans. ...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-09-2014
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Posted By wm
I agree that the words read well. I am not so...

I agree that the words read well. I am not so sure of the need for patience, but then I am one of those impatient Americans. I also am not of a mind to support the "sense of the eternal continuity...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-08-2014
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Posted By wm
An interesting choice of authority. Here are...

An interesting choice of authority. Here are some career highlights for the 1st Baron Tweedsmuir PC GCMG GCVO CH, from Wikipedia.

and as Governor General of Canada,
But he apparently sold out...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-08-2014
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Posted By wm
You answered your own point--Except for the...

You answered your own point--Except for the Arizona, the battleships sunk/damaged at Pearl in 1941 were all substantially recapitalized, which was also my point about new--particularly with regard to...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-07-2014
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Posted By wm
I did; you might recheck my post to Carl. Most...

I did; you might recheck my post to Carl. Most of the surface fighting was destroyer torpedo runs by the US IIRC. Fuso was sunk that way. Yamashiro was sunk by battleship gunnery but that was combat...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-07-2014
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Posted By wm
I find the Battle of Latakia to be small potatoes...

I find the Battle of Latakia to be small potatoes in terms of naval conflict. The Israeli corvettes run about 1000 tons in displacement and are less than 300 feet long. By comparison, an Arleigh...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-07-2014
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Posted By wm
:O geesh Carl--that's like saying the Captain of...

:O geesh Carl--that's like saying the Captain of the Hunley was just as good a submariner s the captain of an Ohio class boomer (to paraphrase you) .

Had such technology been available to him,...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-06-2014
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Posted By wm
Apologies for the hubris.

Apologies for the hubris.
Forum: Europe 05-05-2014
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Posted By wm
First I do not have a clue who the guy is. The...

First I do not have a clue who the guy is. The name I offered up, Alexei Savich, is cited as an aviation expert by the AFP article you placed such stock in as a verification. I would like to know...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-05-2014
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Posted By wm
No sniffing disapproval. In a later post...

No sniffing disapproval. In a later post (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showpost.php?p=156005&postcount=76) responding to AP, I believe I suggested leaders' need for both quantitative...
Forum: Europe 05-05-2014
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Posted By wm
Does the mere fact of repeating someone else's...

Does the mere fact of repeating someone else's story verify its truth? If so, then the truth of the fairy tales of the Brother's Grimm must be indisputable.
Who, by the way, is this expert, Alexei...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-03-2014
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Views: 9,185
Posted By wm
My critique has nothing to do with social...

My critique has nothing to do with social divergence or distance (I think the latter is the term Charlie Moskos used back in the 70s when he wrote on the impacts of the all volunteer Army--probably...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 05-03-2014
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Views: 9,185
Posted By wm
After following the debate between Carl and...

After following the debate between Carl and American Pride, I wanted to offer this piece of anecdotal evidence about the composition of the US Army, posted on 4 April at War Council...
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