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Excellent observation. The idea of a " kitchen Cabinet" is nothing new but this administration has all too often negated the authority of the actual cabinet members who assumed their position after gaining the advice and consent of the Senate. A reoccurring theme with the Obama administration has been the usurpation of powers enumerated to the other branches of government. Liberals may acquiesce to Obama's power grabs but Republicans are sure to follow suit when they next control the Executive Branch. The founders did not intend for American government to function this way.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Defense Secretary Gates, condemns Obama leadership in “Duty”

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You got it. There is a great pic of Obama and Stan where the good general looks like he's about to blow. Also, remember when then candidate Obama refused to wear a U.S. Flag lapel pin? A man of convictions, right?

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Defense Secretary Gates, condemns Obama leadership in “Duty”

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I agree but I will point out that nation building is more the responsibility of the government of said nation than nations who are lending a hand. Some advice to future presidents; when building a coalition of the willing for war, make sure the host nation will be willing to work at nation building after hostilities cease. Otherwise just destroy the place and leave. George H.W. Bush saw that pitfall.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Latest NIE report predicts Afghan gains will be lost

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God bless SFC Lacey and his family.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on US Soldier First Coalition Combat Death of 2014

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I thought this quote from Gates in the WaPo article with respect to his testimony before Congress was very telling "many times I would sit at the witness table thinking something very different from what I was saying.” Gates openly admits to doing what all of our so called leaders do as a matter of daily business; lie to the American people. I do not know how long the people of this country will accept that from politicians, but there has to be a limit. We really need to place value on integrity over everything else when electing people to office. On Obama's lack of confidence in military leadership; when the Commander in Chief can support a COIN strategy he does not believe will succeed, I can not imagine how he would lead a nation engaged in a conventional war where casualties could be in the tens of thousands in short order.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Defense Secretary Gates, condemns Obama leadership in “Duty”

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Putting U.S. Troops in Israel is the worst idea this administration has had since the last worst idea they had. Can you imagine the ROE for that op?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Kerry considers US troops in Palestine

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Seems like another example of reality falling short of concepts. Weren't we supposed to be driving flying cars like 20 years ago? Rather than making U.S. servicemen superhuman, DoD is making them walking bunkers.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Iron Man suits without the hype

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Exactly! Don't forget Jalaluddin or whoever else ISI runs out there to be the Afghan face.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Latest NIE report predicts Afghan gains will be lost

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Is the dude with the RPG-29 wearing skinny jeans? Man, what is war coming to?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Mexican Cartels with M1 Killing AT Weapons?

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I've been seeing gang bangers on social media posing with AT 4s or replica AT 4s. The police carry pistols and the gang bangers have AT 4s? Things aren't looking good for the good guys.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Mexican Cartels with M1 Killing AT Weapons?

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Major,

It's great to see you have your own site. I have always been conflicted since our government has added Nation Building to the military's mission of winning wars. Nation building is the reason no one can adequately define victory any longer. I would suggest that failing to build a nation for the people of the nations in which we make war does not constitute failure and should not preclude us from declaring victory in the Afghanistan Campaign. To be specific, when I went to Afghanistan, I understood our objectives to be 1) deny Al Qaeda a safe haven 2) kill/capture the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks 3) degrade Al Qaeda's ability to conduct further attacks in the U.S. I think we accomplished those objectives and therefore have been victorious in the Afghanistan Campaign of The Long War. The mission creep that is nation building is what a very intelligent colleague of mine referred to as the price we pay for the Weeping Americans who no longer see any cause worth fighting for. Nation building is the price we now must pay in order to be allowed to fight and that price is paid not only in treasure but in blood. The segment of Americans who exact that price are not even aware that most of the blood spilled by our fighting men and women is on the hands.

V/r

IS1

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Latest NIE report predicts Afghan gains will be lost

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Not much controversy here to me. Rolling Stone glamorizing Tsarnaev is consistent with their "blame America first" views. Calling him a bomber, terrorist, murderer is simply opinion and has nothing to do with his constitutional rights. BTW, this all looks familiar...

http://www.zap2it.com/news/custom/photogallery/celebrities/pattyhearst_pg,0,6072559.photo

Poor little Dzokhar got brain washed and didn't know what he was doing. Blah, blah, blah. Wonder if Obama will commute his sentence before leaving office and the next left wing president will pardon him.

1 year, 2 months ago on The Russian Gulag And A Phony SEAL Charity

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Everyone gets a Basic Encyclopedia (BE) Number and is a potential target. The concept is already established:

"1.7. The Target. The term target has several meanings and is used in various contexts. Joint Publication (JP)

1- 02 defines a target as: "a geographic area, complex, or installation planned for capture or destruction by military forces." The intelligence community definition is "a country, area, installation, agency, or person against which intelligence operations are directed." For targeting purposes, this definition must be expanded to include the contents of the area, complex, or installation (e. g., people, equipment, and, resources). Furthermore, capture or destruction must be expanded to include disruption, degradation, neutralization, and exploitation, commensurate with objectives and guidance.

1.7.1. Relationship to the Objective. A target must qualify as a military objective before it can become a legitimate object of military attack. In this context, military objectives include those objects that by their nature, location, purpose, or use make an effective contribution to military action, or whose total or partial destruction, capture, or neutralization offers a definite military advantage. The key factor is whether the object contributes to the enemy's war fighting or war sustaining capability. Consequently, an identifiable military benefit or advantage should derive from the degradation, neu-tralization, destruction, capture, or disruption of the object. Not only does this concept preclude vio-lations of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), but it also supports the principles of war by employing economy of force against valid military objectives."

1 year, 2 months ago on The Future of Counter-Terrorism: Threshold Strikes

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Well done Ski. I knew you were going to check his bona fides when you told him to email you. Guess he never saw Senior Chief Shipley on SOFREP. You would think anyone on here would know someone will smell their B.S.

1 year, 3 months ago on How to Identify a Military Fake

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TS SCI still requires a Single Scope Background Investigation. They will interview relatives, neighbors, coworkers, etc. I think the quality of the investigation is the issue. Not sure how current investigations compare to those of previous years.

1 year, 4 months ago on Never Say Anything

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Absoultley! Poly everyone for CI and lifestyle. It is not done because of time and cost, so for expediency and frugality, we gamble that these leaks won't happen. Also, with each additional "altruistic" leak and the positive reinforcement from a significant portion of the public, the floodgates will open and the "very grave damage" will be obvious to all.

1 year, 4 months ago on Never Say Anything

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Our protectors and overlords had a chance to amend the FISA Act but claim it is not necessary.

“I mean, we are the public check on the Executive Branch,” Sen. Feinstein said during the FISA reauthorization debate on December 27, explaining why she believed greater disclosure of information concerning government surveillance activities was unnecessary. “We are not of the intelligence community. We are the public, and it is our oversight, it is our due diligence to go in and read the classified material

.”Diane Feinstein is "the public" HA!

1 year, 4 months ago on Never Say Anything

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Right, except those opinions are not being released. Here is an informative article on intelligence oversight. http://blogs.fas.org/secrecy/2013/01/public_accountability/

1 year, 4 months ago on Never Say Anything

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George Orwell predicted all of it in Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four (Some animals are more equal than others AND Big Brother).

1 year, 4 months ago on Senior State Dept. Officials Likely Covered Up Several Investigations

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My thoughts exactly. Thanks for expressing it so well.

1 year, 4 months ago on Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck

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Keep up the good work Chief. We All have your back shipmate.

1 year, 4 months ago on Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck

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Better watch out. They"ll start dragging you to occupy events and such. You'll never get any writing done.

1 year, 4 months ago on Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck

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Could be a "No shit, there I was" entry. Send it!

1 year, 4 months ago on Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck

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Wait, Billy Budd was gay? I thought Jimmy Legs was the gay one. Shit, now I gotta go read the book again. Hahaha. I had a H.S. teacher who sprung that on a whole class of us after we read the book and everyone was looking around at each other like, WTF did he just say? Acknowledge, move on. It was a very short, one-sided discussion.

1 year, 4 months ago on Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck

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Thanks for putting that info out there. Some people I know will thank me for my service on Memorial Day. I understand their sentiment but I always remind them that Memorial Day is set aside to honor our fallen. I also encourage them to fly the Flag. These are simple things but I believe if more Americans would just truly "remember" we would be a lot better off. I've been thinking a lot lately about the "Greatest Generation". I think our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are equally great across the generations. The American public has lost it's greatness. I know a great number of Americans still truly support their troops but their numbers are dwindling as time goes by.

1 year, 4 months ago on Memorial Day Reflections

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Wonder if we will see Boko Haram videos on his YouTube channel?

1 year, 5 months ago on Hoodlums Howling Allahu Akbar Hack British Soldier to Death on Busy Street in London

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Agree with your assessment of the threat. An excerpt from an open source article I found interesting:

"Only once a North Korean ICBM lifts off the pad for the first time, as a proof of concept for the design’s functionality, the development work really starts. After that, it will take many years and many, many flights to arrive at a deployable and operational ICBM force, since the development of a modern ICBM is extremely demanding. To put things into perspective: The development of the Soviet/Russian Topol-M ICBM is said to have cost 142.8 billion Rubles (in 1992 prices – at that time, the Ruble exchange rate was around one US Dollar). Looking at the Musudan missile’s “development history” – not a single launch –, and considering North Korea’s poor situation in every dimension, it seems unlikely that this first launch will ever happen."

The article is a little "in the weeds" but for those interested, here is the link

http://lewis.armscontrolwonk.com/files/2012/04/KN-08_Analysis_Schiller_Schmucker.pdf

1 year, 5 months ago on North Korea: Missile Systems

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"And for all those about to bug out to JANE'S to look up what the heck a BD-7D is...."

That's funny right there!

1 year, 5 months ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?

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We trained in woodland. We were told not to break the seal and open the pack for the ones we were issued unless there was an actual chemical weapons attack, so I never saw what was in there. I just remember the Drill Sgt. Telling us that if there was an actual chemical weapons attack, we were all dead anyway! Hahahaha!

1 year, 5 months ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?

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The whole uniform fiasco of late is ridiculous. Everyone has a boss. SECDEF could have squashed the whole mess. The worst part of it is that it has taken place DURING a war! You'd think this kind of military nonsense would happen only in peacetime.

BTW, the most important issue for me is to make all the uniforms/kit match. I got picked up for an IA billet and was issued DCU. The next day we were shown an AQ training video about looking at U.S servicemen to see where the Kevlar protected them and then to shoot unprotected areas. They showed Soldiers wearing DCU with Woodland battle rattle and pointed out how this was "bad". The next day, I was issued ACU/UCP battle rattle to go with my DCUs

1 year, 5 months ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?

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smorrill, well said. I've been sued 5 times and counting for some off the wall B.S. (deep pockets theory) and never been on or heard of anyone getting a no knock SW. Welcome aboard and I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

1 year, 5 months ago on Brazilian Police: How Not to Do Aerial Platform Support

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SWAT teams do not seize real and/or personal property. They are merely the action arm which carries out high risk operations during investigations. The teams/units/investigators that do seizures, target proceeds of criminal activity. Upon adjudication of that real or personal property, LE agencies are awarded a percentage. It is a great tool to disrupt or dismantle criminal networks.

1 year, 5 months ago on Brazilian Police: How Not to Do Aerial Platform Support

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Jack,

There is no quota for SWAT ops. SWAT teams are not funded based on activity. They are funded in order to limit liability in law enforcement agencies. When a high risk search warrant, barricaded subject, or hostage situation arises, the average officer is not trained to deal with it. Agencies learned from experience that they would lose lawsuits coming from both citizens and their officers. what is sad is that in the absence of tort liability, most departments would not field a SWAT team. As for the threshold for search warrants, the teams are only the action arm. Case agents conduct the investigations and develop the probable cause for a warrant. What most people do not understand is the police do not have the authority to "raid" someone's home. Ultimately, a judge is the party responsible for setting aside an individual's 4th Amendment Rights. Only then can law enforcement act on information received. I have executed high risk search warrants for years and I have to honestly say that most were not worth the risk to those of us who went through those doors. When I was younger, I did not see that. I and most police officers seek to confront the bad guy anywhere we can. Nowadays, I think such high risk ops should be done when high reward results can be expected. Barricaded subjects and hostage situations are a no-brainer but we need to take a hard look at search warrants. Other guys feel the same but we go where we are sent. I can tell you that most search warrants I have seen had established solid probable cause. Additionally, most judges have a high expectation of police when setting forth facts sufficient to establish probable cause.

V/r

IS1

1 year, 5 months ago on Brazilian Police: How Not to Do Aerial Platform Support

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When I read the story about the border clash it reminded me of when Major Bauguess was killed in PK. The whole incidnet was total bullshit and nothing was done about it. All the powers that be want us to believe the lone gunman story. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/world/asia/pakistanis-tied-to-2007-attack-on-americans.html

Between our Afghan friends and our Pakistani friends, who needs enemies.

1 year, 5 months ago on Karzai: Spilling Vomit To Save His Own

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Bravo Zulu SOFREP. Keep up the good work guys. The articles here always cut to the quick. I love the no B.S. approach that the obviously well qualified writers take when addressing the issues. From the first day I found SOFREP I have also been impressed at the civil, reasoned, and informed exchange between those who comment here. It's a pleasure to have a place to express my opinion on issues I am passionate about.

1 year, 5 months ago on 1,000 Posts Into the SOFREP Story

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I'm no theologian but I am a Christian and I believe the Holy Bible is the Word of God. Genesis 16:12 says that Ishmael "shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him". I've spoken to Muslims before who claim to be the descendants of Ishmael and that Jews (descendants of Isaac) and by association, Christians have stolen their birthright as Abraham's heirs. It would seem to me that peace, harmony, and coexistence is not the goal of a significant portion of the Muslim world. If there is a majority of Muslims who are opposed to the Jihadi mindset, then it is a silent majority and that would be the biggest obstacle to true peace between cultures.

1 year, 5 months ago on Battlefield America: Literary Reflux in 500 Words or Less, #1

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Thanks for making my point much more eloquently than I could. The fringe bleeding heart has succeeded in pressuring the average American into endorsing such ridiculous notions so as to not appear heartless. The organized drive to place the same value on animal and plant life as humans has been codified in the UN's Earth Charter "1.Respect Earth and life in all its diversity. a. Recognize that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration. 15.a. Prevent cruelty to animals kept in human societies and protect them from suffering." http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html

1 year, 5 months ago on Why Does PETA Want to Kill Our Special Operators?

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Hahaha! That's what I thought too. I read it that way several times and was thinking "how are whores and conspiracy theorists connected to each other?" I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes.

1 year, 5 months ago on Attention Whores and Conspiracy Theorists (But I Repeat Myself)

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@engelbrad @IS1FiveO Let me be clear on my position here.  I LOVE the Navy.  I am honored to have been allowed to serve in such a fine American institution.  However, I can not believe that this whole thing happened in a vacuum.  This guy is a SEAL.  He had a book published. He has appeared on television.  The CNO and MCPON certainly know about what was done to him.  Not correcting the injustice is not just a stain on the so-called leaders who did this but it is a stain on the Navy if it is not corrected.  Our core values are Honor, Courage, Commitment.  The CNO and MCPON can't run around saying that to Sailors if they themselves are not going to live up to it. If Petty Officer Higbie deserves a punishment then the Navy's senior leadership is honor bound to assure it is just.

1 year, 5 months ago on Citizen or SEAL, an Either/Or Question for Active Duty Troops?

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After reading the story and what appear to be the undisputed facts surrounding Petty Officer Higbie's separation from the Navy, I am sufficiently PO'd! I and many others here have served our country because we could not let injustice go unanswered. Whether that be a terrorist attack on our country or the B.S that some self appointed defenders of the Navy's reputation pulled on a fine Sailor, injustice is injustice. I've seen it before and I'm sure it will happen again but we can't just take it lying down. I don't know what can be done besides keeping the story out there but these chickenshit, so called leaders can't be allowed to do this to PO1 Higbie. If the CNO and the MCPON can allow this then I am ashamed of my Navy.

1 year, 5 months ago on Citizen or SEAL, an Either/Or Question for Active Duty Troops?

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That's why he NEEDED to get dirt on everyone else in D.C.!

1 year, 5 months ago on Not Mirandizing Terrorists? Slippery slope…

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J. Edgar Hoover was a hell of a lawman (just in case they're listening in)

1 year, 5 months ago on Not Mirandizing Terrorists? Slippery slope…

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Yep. Hillary's girl is very influential and well placed.

1 year, 5 months ago on Who Inspired Boston?

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Re-election issues for the good governor.

1 year, 5 months ago on Not Mirandizing Terrorists? Slippery slope…

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I read it before and always find the exchange between you and JHR compelling. I try to maintain some S/A on the target set but I have more pressing issues. Once the the I&W about DTOs picks up, I'll be wrapping my mind around it full time. I'll be sending my RFI your way HaHa!

1 year, 6 months ago on Not Mirandizing Terrorists? Slippery slope…

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Yep. Shorty might be Chicago's public enemy #1 but he is also Mexico's Patron #1.

1 year, 6 months ago on Not Mirandizing Terrorists? Slippery slope…

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