Monthly Archives: August 2007

“How We Would Fight China” Robert Kaplan

Hits: 0 "To do their job well, military officers must approach power in the most cautious, mechanical, and utilitarian way possible, assessing and reassessing regional balances of power while leaving the values side of the political equation to the civilian … Continue reading

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Barak will “fix” the IDF

Hits: 0 "A focus on counterterrorism and guerrilla warfare in recent decades has weakened Israeli ground forces by creating a mind-set averse to accepting casualties, according to an initial assessment by Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Mr. Barak, a former army … Continue reading

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Check Special Forces story on TA

Hits: 0 Colonel Aaron Bank was the founder of US Army Special Forces.  pl http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Bank

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Maliki’s Last Chance (almost)

Hits: 0 "U.S. officials have called the meeting a make-or-break moment for the government, which was formed in 2006 to reduce violence by including all groups but has been paralysed by boycotts and infighting on ethnic and sectarian lines. The … Continue reading

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“The assymetry in power?”

Hits: 0 Continuing the discussion of the sterility of US policy approaches to the difficulties with Iran, we have received the following from BM.  In the article linked below, we have evidence of the recognition in Washington diplomatic circles of … Continue reading

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What “Carrots” Have Been Offered to Iran?

Hits: 0 When I first read this article I was tempted to think that Robin Wright had gone over to "the dark side" as Vice President Cheney calls it.  A closer inspection reveals that she is actually compiling a list … Continue reading

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Taters on Cordesman et al

Hits: 0I received this from Taters and thought it worth putting up as a post by itself.  It calls our attention to Cordesman’s vision of Iraq in the time of the Pollack/O’Hanlon visit.  PL —————————————————————————- "Anthony Cordesman was with Pollack … Continue reading

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We do not see clearly.

Hits: 0 Here we have a pair of linked articles.  They are linked by the same unwillingness of the United States to understand the local situation in the Middle East, the state interests of Iran (as opposed to its religious … Continue reading

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O’Hanlon, Pollack and Bernard Fall

Hits: 0 Bernard Fall was perhaps the greatest historian of the era of counterinsurgency.  He was French, a veteran of World War Two and acted as a consultant/professor for the US Army in the sixties.  I had the privilege of … Continue reading

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Withdrawal Options

Hits: 0 For administrative reasons I deleted the previous published post on this subject and here substitute my draft. Binh – You asked if I thought the loss to the insurgents of territory occupied and the lengths of the line … Continue reading

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