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@polkovnik Agree totally. Punishment for enlisted and officer are regulated differently and not equivalent to each other. Of course if there is no conviction, then either can stay even though there just may not have been enough evidence to convict even though an act may have indeed been committed.
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And who have the Russians or Chinese fought lately to make anyone think they could have done any better? The fact that none of our enemies for the past years were great powers doesn't mean combat was a cake walk in Iraq or A'stan.
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Just ask Japan, the Philippines or any other country in SE Asia the same question. China is doing everything they can to intimidate countries by claiming all the non-nation associated island and islets in the China see as their own. They even claim that Okinawa should belong to them because the ancient kingdom there paid tribute to China centuries ago.
1 year, 4 months ago on Access denied | Killer Apps
Saipan is so damned close to Guam this hardly constitutes China being surrounded.
I thought Erdogan was more Islamist leading than an elite in power with the direction he was heading Turkey.
1 year, 4 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Well boo hoo hoo. Hiroshima and Nagasaki held legitimate military targets. Atomic bombs were just another weapon. The proposed Japanese surrender terms were unacceptable and the fact that we refused them was totally irrelevant. This was war not some. Tired of damned apologists. Here's a quarter, call someone who cares!
So you seem to like to make stupid excuses for local thugs? For your last statement your just a race baiter and a race hater. Unfortunately there are too many people like you. The Copts have done nothing to the Muslims in Egypt, it's the other way around.
1 year, 5 months ago on Access denied | The Middle East Channel
@mhenriday @anbudmor @Bunk11
The US continued bombings up until August 15th which I believe is the date when the Japanese accepted surrender terms.
1 year, 5 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
I think the author is spot on in his assessment having been to Iraq twice, before and during the surge. If the
Sunnis had wholly embraced the first round of national elections that occurred before the elections in October 2005, they would have had or should be having more influence in the government. Unfortunately, they were behind the curve with the October elections.
Looks what's happening with Turkey though as it went from a secular state under Attaturk to an Islamist state under Erdogan though much less fanatical than other countries.
Regarding the emperor, he wanted to retain all of his powers as the Great Oz but we said no, you'll be outed as the man behind the screen. You'll still be called emperor bit with very limited power. Elizabeth II may be Queen, but she has limited powers over the government. Elizabeth I on the other hand had real power.
@mantaraStill fabrication that the Soviets did everything to beat Japan and that they single- handedly won the war in Europe. I don't care what the authors think - just trying to rewrite history to favor the Soviets.
I didn't know that. I'm sure there is a lot of information the Russians declassified after the wall fell that has or may have more clues. It's too bad that the Brits refuse to declassify their WW2 secrets even after 68 years. They might have some information ferreted away.
1 year, 6 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Stalin knew we had the bomb from their spy rings at Los Alamos and other faciities. The Russians if I recall correctly were not going attack Japan until the US made the first move. Of course the Japanese were fearful of the Russians invading them and were trying to make a diplomatic deal with them which failed. Japanese hotheads were desperate to sieze and destroy Hirohito's recording of capitulation with the US made after we dropped the bombs. It was only after we dropped the bombs that Stalin reacted by attacking Japanese forces in Manchuria. Without the bombs would the Russians have done this? What proof is there that they were going to invade Japan; are ther any declassified documents? Where is the proof that the Japanese would have surrendered on 1 November if we had done nothing?
@Richard Sessoms @David de los Angeles
Yes on all points. And, it wasn't until we engaged with the Sunnis in Al Anbar province with civil affairs units and other entities that gained their cooperation. I worked on an election liaison team in late 2005 when the voter turnout was much improved. Interesting times working with the Iraqis.
1 year, 7 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
The Sunnis are marginalized because many refused to take part in the elections prior to the 2005 national elections and constitutional referendum. By late 2005 it was too late to reverse what was already done.
@RobertFallin @FranzLiebkind No, just air dropped bombs. The B-45 and Navy Skynight could carry them also. Wiki says the G could carry and toss bomb them. The E/F only carried rockets and bombs. The W7 bomb was available in 1952 but perhaps a little to late at that stage to use except to take out Pyongyang. Aircraft rockets such as the nuclear Genie came out in the mid-50's.
1 year, 8 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@FranzLiebkind @RobertFallin Looked at my info again. You are correct Franz, the E version was nuc capable. It came in in 1951 while the D was already I theater. There were pipeline problems in getting replacement Alison engines since the jets exceeded expected flight hours. Good German name by the way.
@RobertFallin I thought the D was capable but I may be wrong.
@jgarbuz @PatPatterson1 @RobertFallin yes, the F-86 was strictly a fighter but could rocket or strafe ground targets. The F-86G came after the war but the D came in 1951. AF B-45's were atomic capable along with Navy Skyraiders and Banshees. The Mark 7 uranium weapon could be adjusted from 8-31 Kt and dropped by these and a few others.
That's why we withdrew B-29s from flying deep missions into NK. We did have tactical nukes that our F-84's fighter-bombers could deliver.
EMP bursts would also wreck anything the Chinese and Japanese had and the North Koreans. Plus doesn't it take a certain warhead size? I don't think a 13kt Horoshima warhead would suffice.
Yes, but we didn't have the technology in the 50's to do it rapidly. We had to invent and develop it. It took years to develop reliable missiles. It's totally different today so there really is no comparison.
Don't forget that we shot down one of our own satellites in 2012? with a missile from one of our destroyers. And we tested an air launched ASAT from an F-15 quite some time ago. We can destroy satellites too and anyone can launch an EMP nuclear burst to wipe out communications temporarily. The Chinese anti-ship missiles were probably copied from a Soviet design or at least reverse engineered. And have the Chinese ever tested one from that range or longer against real targets. Our Tomahawks have a 1200 mile range though I'm not sure what anti-ship variations we still have.
If you have 10,000 Chinese advancing on you all the drones in the world couldn't help. Small isolated groups are too easily overrun. The writer persists in the Douhet myth that airpower alone will win wars. You only win wars by conquering territory and boots on the ground. You are never going to have enough drones with enough ordnance. And where are you going to station them all? The Marines are our shock troops. Sending in the Marines has more ominous meaning than sending in the Army. The Marines bring their own logistics, air forces, etc., with the Navy to back them up. The Army except for helicopters, has to rely on the Air Force for air support who for the longest time has and still is trying to get rid of the A-10 because it doesn't fit their philosophy. The Marines will continue to evolve and conquer.
Don't forget that the Sunnis boycotted the first elections in Iraq which gave the Shias control over the government. When the Sunnis participated in the second national election and the constitutional referendum in 2005, it was too little, too late.
1 year, 9 months ago on A cautionary tale for Egypt's election boycott - By Gregory Weeks | The Middle East Channel