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Friday, September 10, 2010

@smallwars, 9/10/10 20:14

This is spot on. The Sri Lankan ability to isolate their opponents was far more critical than the amount of force applied.  

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9/10/10 20:14
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"Those who object to the coldblooded "Sri Lankan Way" remind us that the Soviet Union's brutal campaign in Afghanistan did not result in victory. But the real lesson of the Sri Lankan campaign is not the level of brutality employed by the counterinsurgents, but rather the ability of the counterinsurgents to isolate the battlefield from all outside support and influence."

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Mistaken as an Iranian Martyr, Then Hounded - NYTimes.com

“Both sides have destroyed my life, the Western media and the Iranian intelligence.... But I still have the hope that at least the media will realize what they have done.”

http://nyti.ms/9HORSx

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Targeted Killing vs COIN?

The dilemma: it takes a large footprint on the ground to develop the information and provide the infrastructure to support the Special Operations campaign. So, in the end, I don't think either approach can stand alone.
From The New York Times:

Targeted Killing Is New U.S. Focus in Afghanistan

http://nyti.ms/cAPltk

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Article: Mexican Officials Say Prisoners Acted as Hit Men - NYTimes.com

Ouch. That's some serious corruption:

Mexican Officials Say Prisoners Acted as Hit Men - NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/world/americas/26mexico.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimes

Ballistics studies confirmed that four guns used in the shooting were the same as those assigned to jail guards, Mr. Nájera said.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Article: How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late: Andy Grove - Bloomberg

"Bridging the Digital Divide" isn't a matter solely of providing technology or bandwidth...

Digital Domain - Computers at Home - Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/business/11digi.html?_r=1

I liked the article's finish, even if I don't like the results achieved from providing the technology:

"When devising ways to beat school policing software, students showed an exemplary capacity for self-directed learning. Too bad that capacity didn’t expand in academic directions, too."

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Quick downfall from a poorly-chosen Tweet

From the NYTimes:

"CNN on Wednesday removed its senior editor of Middle Eastern affairs, Octavia Nasr, after she published a Twitter message saying that she respected the Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah."

Interesting to see the sort of trouble one can get in now that personal opinions can be passed so rapidly across the Internet. Leads one to wonder, of course, how many other journos harbor similar ideas and have just been smart enough not to express them publicly. Look how long it took to catch up with Helen Thomas.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yep. They don't the burden of running the state...

...just the benefits of sharing its monopoly on the use of force. 

From the CSMonitor:

“The cartels don't seek a failed state. Rather they want ‘dual sovereignty’ – that is, to pay off public officials in return for their closing their eyes to criminality” - George W. Grayson

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/top/~3/kNzEHP2SyHY/Rodolfo-Torre-Cantu-assassination-Why-are-drug-cartels-killing-Mexican-candidates

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