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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Days Ago
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One cannot train a soldier to fight for what he...

One cannot train a soldier to fight for what he does not believe in.

We always want to make these things objective and measureable. Create a government. Check. Create a military. Check. Employ...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 558
Posted By Bob's World
Fair point. Crowd sourced discussions enjoy an...

Fair point. Crowd sourced discussions enjoy an agility that staid academic peer-review processes cannot compete with.

I suspect the peer-review process also slows the ability to get new ideas...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 558
Posted By Bob's World
We've been talking about ISIS as the government...

We've been talking about ISIS as the government of the de facto Sunni Arab state for months now. No news there. All this says is that Dave reads SWJ too...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 903
Posted By Bob's World
Few US foreign relationships have been more...

Few US foreign relationships have been more dysfunctional and out of date/balance in recent years than those with Israel and the KSA. There will be a bit of back and forth until we find a new...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 1,677
Posted By Bob's World
If we bump with China, I would be very surprised...

If we bump with China, I would be very surprised indeed if there was not significant action in both space and cyber. These are domains we both compete within and build capabilities either designed...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 1,677
Posted By Bob's World
Nations do not expand their sovereignty based on...

Nations do not expand their sovereignty based on legal merit (particularly when what is legal or illegal is largely established by their opponents). Nations expand their sovereignty when they...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,797
Posted By Bob's World
Democracy has four fundamental components: 1....

Democracy has four fundamental components:
1. Political in primary purpose,
2. Population - based,
3. Internal to a single system of governance, &
4. Legal in form.

Revolutionary insurgency...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,797
Posted By Bob's World
We will never get better at COIN, until we first...

We will never get better at COIN, until we first get better at our understanding of insurgency.
Revolution, internal to a single system and non-war; resistance, the continuation of warfare by an...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,797
Posted By Bob's World
Internal revolution, illegal politics, to coerce...

Internal revolution, illegal politics, to coerce change upon or to force out some existing domestic system of governance, is indeed timeless. The specific approaches developed by Mao in China, and...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,797
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, Of course it was phase three of the...

Bill,

Of course it was phase three of the insurgency that consolidated Vietnam. North and South "states" were a Western fiction created in the midst of an ongoing movement to liberate the whole...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
You wrote about AQI, That is what I...

You wrote about AQI,

That is what I responded to in regards to Iraq. We brought AQ to Iraq when we invaded. You add that we also facilitated AQ to gain an earlier toe hold with our no-fly zone....
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,797
Posted By Bob's World
Broad indeed. But not too broad. Please...

Broad indeed. But not too broad.

Please give me an example of where this has worked?
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Pay your taxes yet Bill?? :-) To a few of...

Pay your taxes yet Bill?? :-)

To a few of your points:

1. Saddam, being a grand master of SOIN, there was no such thing as AQI until we took him out and attempted to replace him with an even...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, Your three examples make my point. ...

Bill,

Your three examples make my point. In each of those cases the government defeated the insurgent, but in so doing only served to suppress the symptoms of insurgency for a short time,...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,797
Posted By Bob's World
A power that creates and protects a government in...

A power that creates and protects a government in some foreign place, cannot create a security force to effectively secure that de facto illegitimate government against some challenger who's forces...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, I need one example. Sure, insurgencies...

Bill, I need one example. Sure, insurgencies have been suppressed for a decade or two quite often by a government that remains uncoerced and set on sustaining its oppressive ways, but those...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Successful COIN demands first and foremost that...

Successful COIN demands first and foremost that the population/populations where the revolutionary energy is the strongest, perceive themselves to have a viable political alternative to that which...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Ok, now we are diverging into a couple of...

Ok, now we are diverging into a couple of distinct issues. Both important, but clearly distinct.

First, strategy for successful COIN. More accurately for the US, strategy for successful support...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Or, to paraphrase a Texas saying, when it comes...

Or, to paraphrase a Texas saying, when it comes to COIN, the US is "all hat and no cattle" (with hat being tactical programs, and cattle being a feasible strategic framework).
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, I too have significant problem's with the...

Bill, I too have significant problem's with the perspective on COIN captured and propagated into US COIN doctrine by John Nagl - however my primary concerns are nearly a mirror image of your own.
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Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 04-23-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,441
Posted By Bob's World
Frame for failure, and failure is inevitable....

Frame for failure, and failure is inevitable. Frame for success, and success is possible.

We have always been so sure of our rightness, that we tend to assume that will overcome the shades of...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 04-22-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,441
Posted By Bob's World
Key phrase being "...what we wanted." Some...

Key phrase being "...what we wanted."

Some day we will learn that we are far better served by what we need (a partner with a government possessed of local popular legitimacy - regardless of the...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 04-21-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,441
Posted By Bob's World
One strategic lesson for the US should be this: ...

One strategic lesson for the US should be this:

"Military capacity built in support of a fundamentally illegitimate government by a foreign power cannot stand up to a legitimate foreign...
Forum: Middle East 04-18-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 2,919
Posted By Bob's World
"AQAP" is primarily a western label for Saudi...

"AQAP" is primarily a western label for Saudi insurgents taking sanctuary in Yemen. In Yemen there also exists a very reasonable revolutionary insurgency between the two families who compete for...
Forum: Training & Education 04-15-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 1,072
Posted By Bob's World
This was a hallmark of the Citizen Soldier Armies...

This was a hallmark of the Citizen Soldier Armies of draftees and Guardsmen the US fought pervious wars with as well - but it is a commodity discouraged and feared by the highly starched, doctrine...
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