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1 week, 1 day ago on Protein, Pull-ups, and Offset Infils
You can never go wrong by siding w/ Eastern Christians in Syria:
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/15/ridiculously_photogenic_syrian_soldier_a_weapon_of_mass_seduction
It's China, stupid!
Does Romney know where China is?
His boys have swagger:
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/07/dems_havent_had_this_much_national_security_swagger_since_lbj
* Eastern Christians (ie, Assyrians, Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Coptics, Maronites, and also non-Muslims)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/04/tk_0
Next time read Easter Christians' intentions
and make your policy around theirs. They know
FBI has zero informants, that's the problem!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/07/tk_berger
Belay my last, Romney does know where China is,
that's where he outsources for cheaper labor, gutting
the American workforce. Made in USA.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/29/tk_0
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/07/a_real_national_security_agenda
Whack a mole! One down, another 20 new terrorists to go:
8 months, 2 weeks ago on SITREP DAY 3 | Foreign Policy
Now that's cool. Let's build them a skate park and leave:
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Skateboarding in Kabul - An FP Slide Show | Foreign Policy
Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. I believe in the discipline meted out in the beer garden. I fuckd up once and was run to the ground by a seasoned Marine corporal, and became a better man for it today. Had there been RFS'ing in the Marines, I'd have to leave, never having learned my lesson, life changing for me.
I don't agree with soldiers or Marines getting thrown off the 3rd floor, my point was that beer garden type discipline gives people a chance to improve, since there's no luxury of RFS'ing anyone, either strengthen that weak link or throw him out the 3rd floor--the point, kicking someone out is a false luxury.
Selection is like eugenics, you're gonna pick what you think is good. Example, look at the pictures of Marine raiders, UDTs, OSS, etc of WWII, then ask how many would actually past todays "selection" process, whether Rangers, SEALs, etc. I'd bet many won't, because it's hard to select for killing instinct, creativity, whatever else makes for a great ninja.
Back then if you can swim, run, etc. and not give up, you got a spot, you made your bones out there.
So a more democratic approach, via a regular Marine inf. Bn, then Bn, then Force, etc. seems more superior. There's plenty of Marines that don't do well in say BRC, or Ranger school that did some spectacular work after 9/11, had they been kicked out of the Recon community for "not making the cut", they wouldn't have done the things they've done.
That's my take on RFS'ing, that it's kinda like eugenics, it's hard to select for the real traits that makes one a killer, whereas nature is the best breeder, man is not.
As for the cover-ups, I would argue the ones you've listed and have on your mind are more comparable to white collar type crimes, whereas compared to your most high profile cover-up they are insignificant.
My only question here is, how were those cover-ups you've mentioned uncovered, then compare that to your most recent high profile cover-up. Small unit leadership I think differs, this is where the importance of E-1, E-2 & E-3's speaking their minds, count most, Marine culture excel in this, hands down.
I'm not claiming I know Ranger culture, only that in the Marines, the culture is all we have. While culture is incidental in other branches, in the Marines it's the only thing. Yeah, there's specific unit cultures, but they fall under the wider Marine culture.
As a side note, I'm enjoying your posts and hope you don't consider this discussion as disrespectful in any way.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/31/rebeccas_war_dog_of_the_week_summer_postcard_series_marines_mourn_fallen_handler_sg
I think that's the main problem with these psych labels, you end up prematurely ruling things out. Related to this is also the issue of mislabeling or misdiagnosis, or even treatment, ie. "treating" patients with prescription medications and formulating a "diagnosis" by assessing treatment results. Chicken or the egg scenario, which I would is the wider problem of mental illness treatment, many times it's the general practicing doctors that hand out psychotropics like candy, making matters worst.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on A Green Beret’s Response to the Aurora Shooting
I guess the point here is crazy is crazy, there's no, "well these kinda crazies are usually not harmful". Approach them as ALL harmful.
But the fact that you can tell the story, and make it a learning experience is already priceless. Thanks for the story.
I really appreciate everyone's real life experiences here, and give me a puzzle of sort to solve, so in case I'm faced with similar scenario I'd have already thought about it. I hope you don't mind me, doing a "I would've done it this way" critique.
Got it, not PCP. But for readers, in case it was PCP re my preceding post.
I don't mean to Monday Morning QB this. But reading all the facts, the best option would have been just to wait for PD, cuz if they get hurt they get well taken care of. There really was nothing imiment here, base on narrative. I would have just gotten everyone out of the way, priority would have been to inform the bus driver to drive on by.
Get everyone out of the way, contain and wait for PD. PCP incidents are best handled by PD. These guys usually are calm, enjoying their high, but when you accost them, they'll literally go ape shit. Let PD or FD handle them, if they get injured they have great injury on duty package, etc. If Joe Public tries to accost a PCP, he'll only get hurt. Just contain these guys.
Great video, I wonder if TSA still uses this training video, change the sound track to Lil Wayne and you got a kick ass, updated, TSA specific video.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on What the OSS Taught Us About Body Searches
I'm trying to comment on the Storm/J1/R6 back and forth below, but I can't seem to comment below, so it's up here. I love the stress of warrior ethos, but I would also advise you don't want to go too far in that spectrum, ie Spartans, Samurai, etc. Thucycides' balance about scholars and warriors has to be maintain.
That's why although I plan to join infantry and take that root as far as possible, I also plan to take sabbaticals to pursue degrees up to PhDs and on. It pains me to see most of our veterans getting bamboozled by these fly by night internet/correspondence courses paid for by their GI Bill.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Start Living a Warrior Lifestyle