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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    I started to write a response to the piece, but ended up blogging about it instead.
    I can tell you from my limited experiences if it weren't for those Joke relationships a lot of times somebody would end up getting hurt. It really is a large part of how many soldiers deal with the various issues which confront them.

    It's also kinda fun too
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    Hi Ron,

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Humphrey View Post
    I can tell you from my limited experiences if it weren't for those Joke relationships a lot of times somebody would end up getting hurt. It really is a large part of how many soldiers deal with the various issues which confront them.
    It does seem to be a good, and fairly universal, way of staying if not sane, then at east not depressed .

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    It's also kinda fun too
    Oh, definitely!!!
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    Michael was awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal posthumously.

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    Not sure if this is the proper place to post or if the piece has already been up loaded to the forum, http://http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/mi...st/7496375.stm
    I understand fighting an ideology with an reverse ideology, but it seems the main point is that only the State (SA) can authorize jihad...
    The ping pong made me laugh though.

    sorry hopefully this link works...http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7496375.stm
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    I forwarded that list to a retired COL I know who's headed to Iraq with an HTT and he was very appreciative of it. Great find!
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    That's great! - I'm glad it's proved useful.

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    Great link.

    Thank you.

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    Default Human Terrain Teams - critical comment

    Found on the Cryptome website: http://cryptome.org/hts-farce.htm

    I make no comment and note it is part two of a series.

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    From what I have heard, the program does have some serious problems but I haven't been able to find out where they stem from. The entire HTS issue is too mired in political infighting for my taste . Personally, I really wish they would bring in an independent audit team to analyze the program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    From what I have heard, the program does have some serious problems but I haven't been able to find out where they stem from. The entire HTS issue is too mired in political infighting for my taste . Personally, I really wish they would bring in an independent audit team to analyze the program.
    Audit requires standards and practices. Where would those come from? I think the best we could expect is a cursory examination of hiring practices. Nobody on the anthro side is providing options, just yelling "we don't like you".
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    Quote Originally Posted by selil View Post
    Audit requires standards and practices. Where would those come from? I think the best we could expect is a cursory examination of hiring practices. Nobody on the anthro side is providing options, just yelling "we don't like you".
    Some of the standards of practice are available, at least for the field side. On the management, recruiting and training side, there are a LOT of standards (often competing ). You're definitely right about the "We don't like you" whine coming from some people, though .
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    that's a horrible piece of 'journalism' over at cryptome. Talk about not having any standards. Don't you just love this disclaimer at the end, about TRADOC not answering the writer's questions fast enough to meet his tight deadline? Deadline? Writing un-sourced blogs for the Web has a deadline?

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    Default Harper's Magazine HTT Story

    Hey all you HTT news junkies, my feature story about the first HTT in Afghanistan is now out in the current (Sept.) issue of Harper's Magazine. Most of it will be old hat to those of you who know the subject well; it's written for people for whom COIN is something they carry in their pockets, not an acronym.

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    Default Want to read Harpers?

    Alas the story is on a subscription only basis and my IT skills could not expand the screen pages found via the search option. However this is the link for the "junkies": http://harpers.org/archive/2008/09/0082170

    Perhaps Steve can persaude Harpers to allow SWC access, after all he is the author?

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    Default Another example of the shoddy research...

    the article has a link to a Mother Jones piece which the author seems to include to cast aspersions upon the reputation of Mitzie McFate. But the article pertains to a Mary McFate/Sapone who lives in FL and there is no mention in the piece of this particular woman's activities with HTS. WTFO!
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    Default Shoddy writing, too

    Mary McFate Sapone is the mother-in-law of Montgomery McFate.

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    so since Mongomery McFate's mother-in-law Mary is some sort of double agent/mole for the NRA this is a primary cause for the HTS program to be a waste of resources and totally off track.

    That tie in makes absolutely perfect sense to me...

    I'm so glad I gave up drinking Burma Shave!
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    Default You gotta filter it through a loaf of bread

    otherwise it makes your breath smell sort of er, sweet...

    OTOH, if we don't drink it at all any more, we'll miss out on the really cool journalism out there...

    Come to think of it, if we do miss out on that, we'll probably get smarter.

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    To the squirrels, there need no tie-in other than their absolute knowledge that evil sticks together. Nor does anything have to make sense....
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    Now that is probably one of the greatest reasons for an edit!

    Personally, I ascribe to Cliff Clavin's theory on the intellectual stimulation provided through the consumption of adult carbonated beverages. I found the theory works just as well with distilled spirits as well.
    "What is best in life?" "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women."

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