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Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 5 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By tequila
Bill - agreed with all your main points. They've...

Bill - agreed with all your main points. They've showed they can defeat their adversaries, and that's what counts. Short of the fall of Baghdad, a MEU or a US armored division is not coming over the...
Forum: OEF - Horn of Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,004
Posted By tequila
Yemen isn't in Africa. I doubt many African...

Yemen isn't in Africa. I doubt many African countries where China has an interest care about Yemen.

Here is an interesting article about Africa's relative non-importance in Chinese foreign policy...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 6 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By tequila
After watching the propaganda video in question,...

After watching the propaganda video in question, I'm not sure what the experts are seeing that I'm not (the video is accessible through a link in the story itself).

All you really see is a couple...
Forum: Law Enforcement 6 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1,141
Posted By tequila
I think the cartels would win this fight pretty...

I think the cartels would win this fight pretty handily.

Perhaps ISIS is just looking to diversify its supply from the Beka'a?
...
Forum: OEF - Horn of Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,004
Posted By tequila
The Chinese already landed in Aden to take off...

The Chinese already landed in Aden to take off their nationals. I wouldn't imagine this would be much more than an antipiracy mission, as listed - what exists in Yemen that China would be interested...
Forum: Middle East 03-23-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 6,834
Posted By tequila
Joel - thank you for that very interesting...

Joel - thank you for that very interesting interview.

The PMU groups look strong now, just as ISIS once did, but the question remains as to how militarily effective they can be and if they have...
Forum: Historians 03-02-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By tequila
I think the question of motivation works here...

I think the question of motivation works here more so than the question of liberal democracy. The British were certainly not liberal democrats in the Empire, and Arabs and Jews were subjects, not...
Forum: Historians 03-01-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By tequila
I remain constantly surprised that this is an...

I remain constantly surprised that this is an issue. Does terrorism work? It depends. Despite Begin's assertions, the Irgun's urban terrorism against Arab civilians and the British authorities wasn't...
Forum: Middle East 02-19-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 6,834
Posted By tequila
I'd hesitate to call Ollivant's analysis...

I'd hesitate to call Ollivant's analysis "optimistic". He foresees utter Sunni defeat and disenfranchisement, and decades of terrorist attacks to come from that.

The only problem with this...
Forum: Middle East 02-19-2015
Replies: 134
Views: 21,342
Posted By tequila
A very interesting article. Best read in...

A very interesting article.

Best read in counterpoint with this article by JM Berger:

Enough about Islam: Why religion is not the most useful way to understand ISIS...
Forum: Law Enforcement 01-10-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 10,171
Posted By tequila
The End of Gangs -

Interesting article from Pacific Magazine:

http://www.psmag.com/navigation/politics-and-law/the-end-of-gangs-los-angeles-southern-california-epidemic-crime-95498/



The article credits the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 08-09-2014
Replies: 123
Views: 27,681
Posted By tequila
Been meaning to get to this one, but haven't yet....

Been meaning to get to this one, but haven't yet. The reviews look promising:

http://www.amazon.com/The-White-War-Italian-1915-1919/dp/0465020372
Forum: Middle East 05-20-2013
Replies: 902
Views: 102,098
Posted By tequila
Very interesting story on how Jabhat al-Nusra has...

Very interesting story on how Jabhat al-Nusra has gained control of the oil wells in the north, thus gaining an additional stream of revenue that will allow it to become self-sustaining:
...
Forum: Historians 11-13-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 6,825
Posted By tequila
Carl - +1 on your review of the book and general...

Carl - +1 on your review of the book and general conclusions.

I would disagree about the idea that Nationalist China did not have supply or sanctuary. For me the dominant feature of Japan's war...
Forum: The Whole News 11-13-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 6,229
Posted By tequila
Good to see that the crazed conspiracy-theorizing...

Good to see that the crazed conspiracy-theorizing has even reached SWJ. Awesome.

So many have idolized Petraeus for so long that the idea that he just might have screwed up badly and gotten...
Forum: Law Enforcement 10-15-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 10,171
Posted By tequila
States could be test cases for marijuana...

States could be test cases for marijuana legalization (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019235344_marijuana23m.html)



Apparently marijuana legalization is on the ballot in Colorado,...
Forum: Trigger Puller 10-11-2012
Replies: 300
Views: 63,639
Posted By tequila
Some additional data from Tom Ricks' blog: ...

Some additional data from Tom Ricks' blog:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/fp_uploaded_documents/RiflePlatoon.pdf

Rifle Platoon Basic Load OEF XII
1st PLT, Alpha Co., 2/504 PIR

Some...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 10-05-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 13,053
Posted By tequila
So ... do you think torture exists at all? Or...

So ... do you think torture exists at all? Or just that the United States cannot be guilty of it? Or that we are guilty of it all the time, since we incarcerate people, and we should just go ahead...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-30-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 34,861
Posted By tequila
Some additional data on "green-on-green" attacks,...

Some additional data on "green-on-green" attacks, that is insider attacks within the Afghan Army and police:

Afghan troops killing colleagues in greater numbers...
Forum: Africa 09-26-2012
Replies: 375
Views: 57,959
Posted By tequila
China offers support to Mali military in fight...

China offers support to Mali military in fight against Islamists (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/china-offers-support-to-mali-military-in-fight-against-islamists.html)



A decided lack...
Forum: Middle East 09-25-2012
Replies: 224
Views: 27,058
Posted By tequila
I fully agree, and I think that this is a...

I fully agree, and I think that this is a relatively good sign, though obviously follow-through is necessary. Hopefully the Libyan government can mobilize this into real support for a genuine...
Forum: Middle East 09-24-2012
Replies: 224
Views: 27,058
Posted By tequila
Were any Americans killed?

Were any Americans killed?
Forum: Middle East 09-19-2012
Replies: 902
Views: 102,098
Posted By tequila
From Nir Rosen, LRB - Among the Alawites...

From Nir Rosen, LRB - Among the Alawites (http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n18/nir-rosen/among-the-alawites)



The war has broken down into true civil war now, and one gets the feeling that there is...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-18-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 34,861
Posted By tequila
Maybe it's not a purely cultural clash at all: ...

Maybe it's not a purely cultural clash at all:

Afgan security forces worry about fratricidal brothers-in-arms...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-18-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 34,861
Posted By tequila
I imagine this might have something to do with...

I imagine this might have something to do with it:



It's tough to imagine any army growing that fast without loosening vetting standards or adopting a simple "push 'em out" style of training....
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