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Let's hope so. The man would be an asset to any club he joins.
Might be a good idea to have that "Most Wanted" list at the ready.
Blue Star Chronicles takes on Ethan Hawke. BSC wins, hands down, in my book.
Navy uses Vietnam river rats to train its new Riverine Force as reported here:
Thomas Cutler's combat experience on a patrol boat in Vietnam is more than 30 years old, yet it couldn't be more relevant to today's Navy.I nominate this program for the "Best Use of Old Guys" award.
Cutler, 58, is among a group of Vietnam vets informally advising the Navy as it reconstitutes river patrols. The Navy wants to extend its reach into the shallow brown waters of deltas and rivers, often the frontline in the war against terrorists and insurgents. Next spring, the first sailors since the days of the Vietnam-era swift boats will relieve Marines on river patrols protecting Haditha dam in Iraq.
"It is dangerous," says Cutler, an author and former naval officer. "But you don't go into the military to knit socks."
...there are times when I will transcend service rivalry - even for graduates of the Severn Yachting Club.
Family, Navy team up to find marrow donor Navy SEAL from Spotswood was recently diagnosed with leukemia BY MARY ANNE ROSS Correspondent SPOTSWOOD - A young man who fought for his country is now battling for his life.
And on July 15, local residents will have the opportunity to help him do just that.
Justin, whose last name is not being disclosed at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, is a Navy SEAL and former Spotswood resident who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The Navy is turning to Justin's hometown community to help him find a bone marrow stem cell donor who could save his life.
The whole article is here. If you're in the area and blog - get the word out. If you don't blog, spam your friends with the article. A very little effort on your part by going into the registry (I'm in the DoD Database mentioned, so I've *already* done my bit - and obviously can't help Justin) can make yoiu someone's angel of mercy.
H/t, Dr. Zubov of Banter in Atlanter.
O people! The viciousness of the Russian soldier is twice that of the American soldier. If the Americans suffer one tenth of the casualties the Russians suffered in Afghanistan and Chechnya, they will flee and never look back. That is because the current structure of the American and Western armies is not the same as their structure during the colonial era. They have reached a stage of effeminacy that makes them unable to sustain battles for a long period of time, a weakness they compensate for with a deceptive media halo.Essential milblogger reading: The Management of Savagery (also translated as The Management of Barbarism) is an "al Qaeda handbook" authored in 2004 by Abu Bakr Naji and found on al Qaeda web sites. It's been translated by William McCants of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. McCants' work was commissioned by the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard, and is available here.
You may want to first read "Stealing Al-Qa'ida's Playbook" here. If it's after 1000 ET when you read this, a better place to start might be this NPR interview with McCants - but its not available until then.
I've put the translated table of contents in the extended section.
Update: Here's the drect link to the NPR piece, Jihadi Thinker Emphasizes the Media's Importance. That pubic relations angle is just one of the themes of Savagery, there are numerous other topics of note.
Preface: The order that has governed the world since the Sykes-Picot era
The Illusion of power: The centrality of the superpowers as a function of their overwhelming military power and deceptive media halo
First Topic: Definition of "the management of savagery" and an overview of its historical precedents
Second Topic: The path for establishing an Islamic state.
Third Topic: The most important principles and policies for implementing the plan of action and achieving, in general, the goals of the stage of "the power of vexation and exhaustion"; and, in particular, the goals of the stage of "the management of savagery." (by the permission of God)
Section One: Mastery of the art of management
Section Two: Who leads, who manages, and who authorizes the fundamental administrative decisions?
Section Three: Using the time-tested principles of military combat
Section Four: Using violence
Section Five: Achieving power
Section Six: Properly understanding the rules of the political game of our opponents and their fellow travelers, and striking a balance between confrontation and cooperation in accordance with sharia politics
Section Seven: Polarization
Section Eight: The rules of affiliation
Section Nine: Mastering the security dimension: Surveillance and infiltrating adversaries and opponents of every kind
Section Ten: Mastering education within the movement just as it was in the first age of Islam
Fourth Topic: The most important problems and obstacles that we will face, and ways of dealing with them
(1) The problem of the decreasing number of true believers
(2) The problem of the lack of administrative cadres
(3) The problem of loyalty to elements in the preceding administration
(4) The problem of infiltration and spies
(5) The problem of secession or sudden about-face of individuals, groups, or regions who completely change their loyalty (How do we make sense of it and how do we deal with it?)
(6) The problem of excessive zeal and the problems that accompany it
Fifth Topic: Conclusion: Are there other solutions that are easier than this solution?
First Article: The battle of patience
Second Article: The struggle between the human soul and the Sunna of God in
Third Article: Our men and enemy soldiers under fire
Fourth Article: Universal laws adhered to by the elect and others
Fifth Article: Our method is a mercy to all beings
Sixth Article: Crisis of terms..."benefit" and "harm" as examples
Seventh Article: Polarization and wealth
The bumper-sticker thin anti-Bush national security policy offered by Rubin is only immediate, only political.and neither do I. Here is a sample:
Democrats can justifiably argue their goal is to reverse the Bush administration's premature diversion to Iraq. If nothing else, such a debate would focus attention on the Bush administration's failure to finish the job in Afghanistan.I hope a more powerful Democrat comes up front and offers something better - soon. They must have an "A Team" working this issue, because JR's ideas are strictly "B Team" spin.
By marrying good policy with good politics in this way, the Democrats can help win the war on terrorism and help themselves at the same time.
Next time, the Democrats should try a different strategy. Instead of calling for troop cuts in Iraq, they should call for transferring forces and resources from Iraq to Afghanistan.
By forcing a debate on transferring American forces back to Afghanistan, the Democrats can avoid the trap of allowing Republicans to claim they are weak. They can argue that their proposal is not a withdrawal from the front, but rather a deployment to an equally important front where American leadership can make the difference in securing a long-term victory.
Given North Korea's affinity for violating agreements and telling the rest of the world to screw off, perhaps Pres. Bush's example ( I loathe Kim Jong Il! ) should inspire us to bring the full bear of our soft power, our moral outrage and our ingenuity in doing everything we can to break his regime down and foster and support resistance in North Korea.Now you're talking. :)