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Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,268
Views: 43,265
Posted By Bill Moore
I wonder if we're really thinking this one...

I wonder if we're really thinking this one through. Putin and Russia are under considerable pressure. A good sign is Russian popular support for the invasion of Ukraine is dropping, but support for...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 826
Views: 80,001
Posted By Bill Moore
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/inside-syrian-civil-wa...

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/inside-syrian-civil-war/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/syrian-civil-war-60-minutes-bob-simon/

Inside Syria's Civil War was a 60 minutes special that aired last night....
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
This comment is telling.... I also...

This comment is telling....



I also found the comment that a lot of groups swore allegiance to ISIS in secret, which implies they can still get support from the West and others, while secretly...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
Ah yes, the great convergence between state,...

Ah yes, the great convergence between state, criminal, and VEO actors, which also increasingly merges the black, gray, and while economic systems. Old as mankind, but greatly accelerated and...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
Outlaw Outside of our government talking...

Outlaw

Outside of our government talking heads, who said USSOF wasn't fighting?

Second, and I'm sure you will appreciate this, it would make perfect sense for any of our adversaries, especially...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
We made a temporary alliance with Stalin during...

We made a temporary alliance with Stalin during WWII to address a greater evil (arguably). Alliances are not always built upon mutual respect, but they are always built on common interests.
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
Bob, I don't think there is as much daylight...

Bob,

I don't think there is as much daylight between us as you think.



Extremist is a loaded term, but until we develop a more nuanced lexicon it will have to do. I agree the people have a...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
North Africa is going through another political...

North Africa is going through another political revolution, and that will take time to sort out. It won't be settled until the extremists are purged.

I disagree that AQ was ineffective, it was...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
ISIL expands to Libya

Once again the saying that all politics are local proves to fall short. For those that think ISIL is a local movement, they have now expanded to Libya. Foreign fighters returning home to select...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
What I find interesting during debates is I can...

What I find interesting during debates is I can make a seemingly rational argument for multiple options. Take ISIL for example, I can make a rational argument on why we should engage and why we...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
We can't solve their underlying problems, they...

We can't solve their underlying problems, they have to do that. Development has done little to decrease the level of conflict in the majority of conflict zones where development was implemented as a...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By Bill Moore
Is our objective to defend the Iraqi government...

Is our objective to defend the Iraqi government which would be FID in support of Iraqi COIN (or a hybrid of it, since ISIL has conventional capabilities), or is our objective to disrupt and degrade...
Forum: Middle East 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 74
Views: 7,193
Posted By Bill Moore
Link:http://20committee.com/2014/11/14/why-the-isl...

Link:http://20committee.com/2014/11/14/why-the-islamic-state-is-winning/

Many of us concur with the author's assessment above. Those of us who tend to agree, also tend to believe that doing COIN...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 82
Views: 15,705
Posted By Bill Moore
We'll have to remind the Russians of our Monroe...

We'll have to remind the Russians of our Monroe Doctrine when they start patrolling the Gulf of Mexico:o

Saw the same information in "The Hill" today.
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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-14-2014
Replies: 192
Views: 51,884
Posted By Bill Moore
Convergence

A negative development, at least in part due to our approach for targeting ISIL and an al-Nusra element planning to target western interests. Al-Nusra is affiliated with AQ, although there is some...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-11-2014
Replies: 192
Views: 51,884
Posted By Bill Moore
Bruce is clearly uninformed. Just because soft...

Bruce is clearly uninformed. Just because soft power efforts don't make headline news, doesn't mean they are a major effort. They would be less effective if they were advertised. Those pretending to...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-10-2014
Replies: 192
Views: 51,884
Posted By Bill Moore
I suspect there are thousands of Muslims in India...

I suspect there are thousands of Muslims in India and Bangladesh willing to support AQ. They already support other terrorist/insurgent/separatist movements in this region. AQ needs to win over just...
Forum: Middle East 11-09-2014
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
I was doing dishes the first time I listened, and...

I was doing dishes the first time I listened, and this time I heard "we need to drag the Turks into this to disarm them and establish a good government." Paraphrased, but close to what he said I...
Forum: Middle East 11-09-2014
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
Another we need a political solution speaker that...

Another we need a political solution speaker that ignores the reality of human passion and hatred. We'll just draw a line on the map, you guys can have this area, and you guys can have that area. ...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-08-2014
Replies: 192
Views: 51,884
Posted By Bill Moore
I think the AQ's evolving strategy, to include...

I think the AQ's evolving strategy, to include the associated two-arm strategy is showing a level of strategic maturity not seen before. I know there are many who think AQ can't establish a presence...
Forum: Middle East 11-08-2014
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
Articles that follow show how ISIL is adapting to...

Articles that follow show how ISIL is adapting to the air campaign, although if the breaking news today that ISIL leadership convoy was targeted turns out to be correct that may change the game, at...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-06-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,152
Posted By Bill Moore
Agree the political problem needs to be solved,...

Agree the political problem needs to be solved, but that isn't the same as saying ISIL represents the Sunni political view. The difference isn't subtle.
Forum: Middle East 11-05-2014
Replies: 1,084
Views: 50,254
Posted By Bill Moore
There have always been Kurds in al-Qaeda in Iraq,...

There have always been Kurds in al-Qaeda in Iraq, so this shouldn't be a surprise. Of course we prefer the simple answers, Arabs bad, Kurds good. There are Sunni, Shia, and Christian Kurds, and who...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-05-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,152
Posted By Bill Moore
Bob, that was my point, it is matter of choices....

Bob, that was my point, it is matter of choices. The threats to our security are certainly real enough, but we have choices on how we respond to them. President Bush did a lot of positive things...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-05-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,152
Posted By Bill Moore
Most of his recommendations seem reasonable until...

Most of his recommendations seem reasonable until we get to the last one.



I agree Assad is a thug that ultimately needs to go. Frankly, it surprised that a man with his level of education...
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