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Just terrific format and background in presenting this article about this particular issue. Really well done. 

4 days, 4 hours ago on Women Now Eligible to Join Australia’s Special Operations Command

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Well worth paying for the reading. 

2 weeks ago on Taking SOFREP to the Next Level

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@jgross65 No, not always….but more than once. "Mindset" trumps "skill set" in the long run, I've found. The fallacy is to think it's a skill set that is going to get you ahead in a capitalistic system. It's not. It's the mindset to try, fail, and try again. 

Most people I know who went into something to learn a job skill, end up being 'workers' and not 'owners.' 

Veterans who are concerned about their 'infantry' or 'combat' skill sets not translating into civilian skill sets are making a fundamental error. 

Try. Fail. Try again. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on I Was a Warfighter

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 I am proud of my service. It made me a resilient, strong person.

That's more than most. And more than enough, to 'make it' in the civilian world. 



3 weeks, 4 days ago on I Was a Warfighter

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“What is more humane: conducting a war with the intent of winning it, and the unconditional surrender of your enemy, or conducting a war where the main goal is to avoid civilian casualties and minimize damage to the infrastructure?” 
What is wiser, attempting to stomp out religious extremist via limited action….or risking a 'Clash of Civilization' via unlimited action? 

Bush made the right call in 2001. 

1 month ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality

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@ColonelProp Both had to contend with those pesky Russians. ;)


1 month ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality

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@Recon6 @jbone_11 There is a fait accompli in the Hero meme, i.e. to criticize the policy/war is in effect, to criticize the 'Heroes' whose job it is to carry it out. It's the politicians and pundits who like the Hero meme in order to stifle debate and dissent, by calling dissenters unpatriotic. 

You see it play out on the Left, where there is a refusal to criticize Islam at all. And if you do, you are an Islamophobe. 

There is a sense, that the generation now in charge put infantilism and fascism into a blender and pressed "On."

1 month, 1 week ago on Open Letter to David Masciotra and Salon on Veterans Day

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@Alicinav @Jaycel Adkins He is a member of our society, that's enough to have an opinion on the topic, as far as I am concerned. It's an opinion piece that said some uncomfortable things, which I appreciate. 

If it was a piece about how to travel faster than the speed of light, I would check his bio to see where his PhD in Physics came from. 

If it was a piece on critiquing specific tactics used by JSOC operators, I would check his bio to see what his SOF experience was.  

It's an opinion piece about a phenomena that is blatantly obvious to everyone, so his personal experience is a bit divorced from the points he is making.

The word "Hero" is going the way of the words "Genius" and "Winner", i.e. a word that once meant something, and is steadily coming to mean nothing. 

Social Justice Warriors aren't the only people clever with how they use words to stifle debate and dissent. 

Just my thoughts. :)

1 month, 1 week ago on Open Letter to David Masciotra and Salon on Veterans Day

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People should debate the issues that were brought up, rather than talk about this dude. I read the whole article and found stuff I agreed with and stuff I thought was recycled blahblahblah. 

Being a Hero is about taking specific actions in specific circumstances that exhibit some form of selfless virtue. Being a Hero isn't an occupation. 

Are our 'Freedoms' endangered by jihadists? Or are our 'Freedoms' endangered by the Government's attempts to combat jihadists? Is there a meaningful difference? 

That's an interesting conversation to have. Calling names is for the school yard. 

*Great post, DerekG. I'm not going to call you a Hero, but I figure you exhibited Virtue on more occasions than most, and for that, much Respect Veteran. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Open Letter to David Masciotra and Salon on Veterans Day

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Respect. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Real Women of the PKK: Havel Minsky

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@LawyerHandle They are confirming he is the guy from the Esquire article? But NSW is saying that he is NOT the guy who killed UBL, which was the 'point man,' who is never going to talk.*

Is that where this story is at right now? 

*And isn't a f*cking ginger, but a short dude (5'6") who knows how to not talk: to reporters or girls in a bar, knows what he's benefit package is, and doesn't have anything to do with video games? 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Naval Special Warfare Leadership Responds to ‘The Shooter’ & Mark Owen

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@LawyerHandle Honestly, comedy wise I thought it was actually not his best standup, but philosophically I thought it was really on point given his background, i.e.   civil war in black community. I agree with him, after the most Christian Nation, after the Vatican maybe, turned Christmas into an economic/hedonistic orgy….there really isn't anything sacred. At least in terms of popular culture in the US. 

Self gratification trumps everything in American Popular Culture. Events are just an excuse for that self-gratification. Whether that event is the birth of the 'Son of God.' Or that event is the raid that killed UBL. 

"How do I make this Event about ME? And what I want?"

Though, I admit, that Boston Marathon bit was a bit rough, though I thought he was going to go way darker with it, than he ultimately did. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Naval Special Warfare Leadership Responds to ‘The Shooter’ & Mark Owen

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"Just five years away from 9/11 sales." - Chris Rock, SNL, November 1st, 2014. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Naval Special Warfare Leadership Responds to ‘The Shooter’ & Mark Owen

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Great subject and great interview


2 months, 1 week ago on War Dogs Interview

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Sounds like great boot. How applicable would it be to add drain holes to the boot when it gets submerged in water. Looking for a rucking boot I can use to splash in big puddles ;)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Quick Look: Salomon Quest 4D Boots

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Interesting read. 

I'm a bit baffled why it would just now dawn on someone after all that has happened in the last ten plus years that 'the enemy is real. The enemy is prepared. And he is educated.' 

:/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgb_1b8qMzo



2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Night Train and the Jihadist

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Great post. Another major military event that got reported first by a twitter account, a la UBL Raid. Any more info on this Khorasan Group would be interesting to read, given how they were supposedly about to strike the US homeland? Bit brow raising to me. 

2 months, 4 weeks ago on US Airstrikes Expanded to Syrian Targets

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Historically, how many 20 year plans withstand 'outside events'/Black Swans to actually bear a meaningful resemblance to their original intent and purpose? 

Great article. 

3 months ago on The Harmonious Fist Of China: Twenty Years of Strategy In The Making

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Good men, Respect. 

3 months, 1 week ago on US Wants Australian SOF to Fight the Islamic State

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Over my head, just tries to be nice to people. All I got. :)

3 months, 1 week ago on Transgenders In The Military Exist

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@SixTwo There are some GORUCK events in NYC this fall. I wish you the best, there was a Ranger a while back who did a Heavy in preparation for SFAS down in TX. 

3 months, 1 week ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@SixTwo @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert Respect for heading off to SFAS. Out of curiosity, have you done any GORUCK events or followed any of the selection plans by Military Athlete? 

3 months, 1 week ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert For $300 I can take a Defensive Handgun class - two days from this RangeTime Tactical Shooting (IF you never actually done anything or been a part of something that was 'Tactical' why...well..nevermind). 

OR

For $275 I can take a 'Tactical' Handgun Class - one day, from a retired Delta Force Assault Team Leader who was an instructor at Operator Training Course for Delta. 


3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield @Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins I just see the problem in with a different lens. 

We have seen a number of examples of these types of events where collapse is not in the cards. Of course the argument will be that none of those events were the BIG ONE. And you would be right, they aren't. But the question becomes, when the BIG ONE happens, will things be akin to what happened before, or will it be so big that it just overwhelms not just ability to recover materially, but would scramble the minds of hundreds of millions of people to make a moral choice that due to this singular event (no electricity via attack) civilization, altruism, virtue, and community must be abandoned. And what must be embraced is some form of Hobbesian world view where the lack of electricity (a lack that humanity has experienced for 99.9% of it's existence) necessarily and only can lead to a 'war of all against all.' 

My intuition is that is not how it will play out. 

Hopefully we'll never know just how wrong we both are. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert Rather take instruction from a former Tier One Operator than a current youtube celeb. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield To be frank, I don't know ultimately how the scenario plays out. Hence my caution about predicting the fall of Civilization and deaths of tens/hundreds of millions of people. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Kiyabear @Loren Schofield And the 9 most frightening words in that scenario will truly be ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhYJS80MgYA

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield Given that the scenario is fiction and you are the author of it, Loren. I'll concede that you can plot this thing however you wish. 

I'm OK with that. 

;)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@YankeePapa @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield My reply was to Loren, so I was taking his scenario of a Terrorist act as the starting off point. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield And you assume that we would get no help from the 'outside?' 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield All the more reason for our allies to come in and help us rebuild the grid. 

It's as if the The Wall from Game of Thrones is suddenly erected around the borders of the United States once these bombs go off. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins Check out these books, they have informed a lot of my thinking on the subject of how things would go and how we would get back up on our feet afterwards. I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of extinction level events like last five mass extinctions, the current sixth one (if you believe in that sort of thing) and how best to survive (resilience) and ultimately thrive (anti-fragility). 

Some cool books: 

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction by AnnaLee Newitz. 

The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch, by Lewis Dartnell

Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs

The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan

A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnitt

There is a pretty cool youtube interview by Joe Rogan with Randall Clarkson that covers some previous extinction level events and some spooky theories about 'lost' civilizations etc. You would have to just search Randall Clarkson and Joe Rogan Podcast to find it. 

I would just give links, but the comments always want to bring in photos, etc. Looks obnoxious!!

Cheers brother and take care. Enjoy the Florida weather, glad no hurricanes this season yet, two more months…knock on wood!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@CL0VR Great plot. :)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins A lot of interesting research and scholarship has gone into what would happen given a true collapse of society. 

Barring a mass extinction level event, which interestingly enough, can't really be human caused, I think things will pan out ok. We are special, but not THAT Special. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@TexGrl @Recon6 Or be amazed at how few people actually die and how much havoc is actually not unleashed upon the world. Look at the recent two tsunamis of the last decade that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Those societies didn't collapse into some Malthusian death struggle. 

It's a troubling vulnerability, but I don't think we need to make it the cause for concern about the future survivability of civilization of the United States. 


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@YankeePapa Where are these figures of a decade long reconstruction effort and 80 million US deaths coming from? 

I mean, is electricity the definitive reason that those 80 million people are alive today? The argument necessitates the premise that the electrical grid is the primary cause or reason for this 'surplus population.' 

Turning machines back on is not the same as rebuilding everything from scratch. 

It is not as if, an EMP would vaporize the knowledge base already in existence that the 19th century didn't have, nor make all the equipment and infrastructure that would not be effected by an EMP suddenly disappear into thin air. 

Lossing electricity is not akin to extraterrestrial impact, caldera volcanoes, etc. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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Really, a week without power and it's Katrina across a Continent? Isn't the danger scenario not about lack of electricity, but a sustained absence of food? 

People would quickly start turning on each other, criminal elements would use the chaos and lack of police to do whatever they want, and more than likely it would negatively affect the dollar causing instability in the market worldwide.

In a review of Solnitt's 'A Paradise in Hell": 

Solnit tells many poignant stories of altruism, courage, and compassionate social action. In 1906 San Francisco, for example, we meet Amelia Hoshouser, a middle-class woman who fed thousands of people in her makeshift “Mizpah Café,” while throughout the city soup kitchens, shelters, and relief projects emerged from collective human spirit as if spontaneously from the ruins. The quake led William James (then visiting at Stanford University) to realize that fierce collective action in the public interest can be “the moral equivalent of war.” Meanwhile, Brigadier General Frederick Funston, commanding officer at the Presidio Military Base, marched troops into the city with instructions to shoot the “unlicked mob” (orders that, tragically, some soldiers carried out). Dorothy Day, experiencing the quake as a child, went on to devote her life to recreating systems of social service for the hungry and poor staffed by Catholic Worker volunteers.

Thomas Hobbes remains a political theorist to be reckoned with, but I will never read Hobbes the same way again. Breaking down Hobbes’s conception of a supposedly natural “war of all against all,” Solnit’s empiricism demonstrates that neighborhood societies of cooperation and mutual aid arise precisely when official institutions of sovereign authority have broken down, leaving no one to help the wounded or traumatized except for other survivors, neighbors, and health providers. Solnit shows how often the greatest post-disaster threats to human security and welfare come not from “anarchy” or even “looting” but from the panicked, militarized overreaction of elites who fear a loss of power and control.

http://www.ssireview.org/book_reviews/entry/paradise_built_in_hell_extraordinary_communities_disaster_rebecca_solnit

If such an attack would lead to many months where people are forced to starve because of lack of food, that would be troubling. But days and weeks after is somewhat questionable, since it means people would suddenly loose the gifts of millions of years of evolution to adapt to new, but unfortunate circumstance. 

The scenarios and examples of how actual attacks themselves would take place is pretty interesting and worthwhile to be considered about, and hopefully have those in charge actually do something about. 

The resulting scenario of Mad Max style scenarios developing a mere week after such an event are not something I think would actually happen. In fact, if actual history serves any lessons, I don't fear my neighbors so much as I fear: the what as a result of an attack, have proven to be incompetent Government officials, the actions of Government in the resulting fall out. 

I would fear 'elite panic' rather than looters in the scenario described in this informative article, irregardless of what I think is it's erroneous conclusion on how my fellow neighbors and citizens would act....once the A/C, internet, and refrigerators shut off. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@ColonelProp Goodness, is the CDC, Vaccine makers and Big Pharma a part of this Cabal, too? What role is Monsanto and Cargill going to play? Is that was the GMO movement really was about? Take over the food supply and then flip the seed switch to off and let the riff raff starve? 

Do I need to re-hang my Jenny McCarthy posters back on the wall….for a totally new reason? 

C'mon now. Is there a Red Dot on Bill and Melinda Gates, as well? Or are they in on it, too?

You are having a laugh at me CP, you, of all the people here, have some idea of the scales such a conspiracy would take. By definition planetary. Supposedly, the South Africans Whites couldn't pull off this sterilization plan on the SA Blacks, but some dandruff headed policy wonks and mustachioed hipsters, can on a global scale? 

Argh!!!!Head Explodes!!!


;)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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@Recon6 @ColonelProp Do you think increasing human population with all it's necessary increases in a variety of variables, most not particularly good for life of anything on the planet is just a myth? 

Isn't it a straw man to say that if one does believe that human population increases coupled with resource depletion is something to be avoided, that the ONLY way to avoid this scenario is some nefarious plot to murder billions of people. 

How exactly? 

Nukes? Wouldn't that kinda defeat the point for tree huggers? 

Bioweapons? Wouldn't that kinda defeat the point for tree huggers? 

Hutu power style with machetes? I've seen my fair share of tree huggers, they are a bit too Twee to go full berserk mode. 

I've gotten dismayed by my own clan's descent into being Social Justice Warriors, mostly because they all lost their sense of humor. But I'm dubious of this idea that people capable, thus far, of typing Hashtags into their smart phones, are the architects of the FINAL Final Solution. 

They are too busy being Ironic about the whole thing. 

:P

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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Great to see that Indiegogo Campaign is fully funded. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Episode 108: Dakheel, a Yezidi Interpreter in Iraq, and Matt Victoriano, a Marine Scout Sniper

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Superb comment thread for a superb article. Very interesting reading. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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@ColonelProp I weep that someone as educated and sophisticated as you seriously believes that statement. :P

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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I saw the book on the Center Display Rack at Barnes and Noble, in front of the main entrance! Nice to see it getting the prominent placement it deserves. 

Respect. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on A Navy SEAL’s Review of “Level Zero Heroes” By Michael Golembesky

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