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johnr, The problem is what comes after. Probably about a 95% chance that a post-Assad Syria will be worse than Assad's Syria, both for the Syrians and the regions. So what you are proposing will almost certainly result in more misery. It sounds like you're OK with that. Iraq and Afghanistan are the most recent examples that Muslim nations have no real interest in what we consider basic human rights, and that attempts to help them move in that direction are doomed to failure.
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johnr, Your argument would have some merit if there was a way to relatively surgically destroy the majority of the chemical weapons stocks and facilities. That probably would have been possible at some point. But you can't announce your intention to do that, and then give them weeks to relocate them. And that still leaves the problem of the inevitable collateral damage. Are you willing to say to the world, after the videos and pictures of the dead children have gone viral "FOAD - we did the right thing, and while our action took X innocent lives, we ultimately saved l00X innocent lives by doing it!!" If you're going to be uber-apologetic, and too-cautious about avoiding those casualties (which has been the case at least the past 22 years) then you shouldn't take the action.
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Thanks again, Drill SGT - I really appreciate that!! I checked out the links - most of it I had seen in my previous research, but I had not seen the "Cross Channel Attack" book before; that is very interesting, with a number of references to his battalion/company that I had not seen before. (BTW, it was an uncle, not my father.)
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2013 on Happy 238th U.S. Army at BLACKFIVE
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Thank you - I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. I researched the regiment at the Natl Archives in DC three years ago, a totally fascinating experience. I made copies of everything for approx the first month post D-Day, including the official battle maps, from the regimental history there, but I don't remember them showing the landings in that level of detail. (I may be wrong - the maps are at home, and I'm at work at the moment.) My mom remembers being told that he landed on the second day, but when doing the research I found that he had actually landed in the second wave, as you noted. (He wrote two letters home from France, but did not mention the landings in either of them. He did ask that if was killed there, he wanted to be buried there, which he was.) I did not find him listed in any of the casualty reports, which was disappointing, but understandable. (He was "missing" for several weeks.) Any suggestions on where I could find an H company roster, and would there be anyplace else to check for "daily" casualty reports?
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2013 on Happy 238th U.S. Army at BLACKFIVE
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He was in Company H, heavy weapons platoon leader. None of the documentation, letters, etc. lists a battalion.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2013 on Happy 238th U.S. Army at BLACKFIVE
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My uncle, 1st Lt Conrad Pankow, 116th Reg, 29th Div, survived Omaha Beach, was KIA today, 1944.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2013 on Happy 238th U.S. Army at BLACKFIVE
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Yes, thanks to my wife, who did a tremendous job on the home front during my years in the Navy. The result is seen in our three great children!
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LC, If Islam wasn't the problem, there would be vastly more support from Muslims in the war on terror than there is.
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What is going to make or break our effort in Afghanistan is the support, or lack of support, of the people of Afghanistan. And we won't get that if we kill as many non-Taliban as Taliban.
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David, You're missing the point - you have to loook at this from the viewpoint of the people in the villages. If their children are killed by us while we are killing the Taliban, we get blamed. NOT the Taliban. They don't look at it from the "big picture" perspective. And the "central" government doesn't have the influence there to be able to force that viewpoint. If we don't understand that, and act accordingly, we lose.
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That was "elections"!!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2010 on Reminder - Military Motivator - Lust at BLACKFIVE
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You have to look at this from the perspective of taking (or at a minimum risking) avoidable losses at one point to prevent greater losses at another point. The "points" can be geographic, or chronological. This is extremely common in our military history. Think of the "point man" on a patrol, the picket destroyers in the Pacific in WWII, or the troops assigned to cover a retreat.
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If McChrystal ends up not leaving, this will likely strengthen him in the eyes of the Afghans.
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Storm, We didn't have perspective in Korea. Some of the same issues as in Afghanistan. Obama has handled Afghanistan and Iraq poorly. However, it is totally inappropriate for this criticism to be made publicly. If it comes from his staff, and not him, then McChrystal should have relieved them. If it came from him, he should resign. If Obama is smart, he won't accept it but will (privately) request the resignations of at least Eikenberry and (preferably) Holbrooke as well.
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Happy Birthday, US Army, and Happy Flag Day, in memory of my US Army uncle, KIA in France, June 14, 1944.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on Happy Birthday to the US Army at BLACKFIVE
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Are you serious? You want to give BP a pass because the Feds have poor oversight? That's like blaming the police for a traffic accident because they didn't have enough red light cameras up.
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The "bashing" of BP is completely appropriate - the oil spill is completely their fault. That should be viewed as a separate issue from the way that the allied governments have treated, which has been very poor.
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They're both Army, what did you expect? Nothing like this would ever happen with people who are retired/former Navy!!
Toggle Commented May 29, 2010 on Yawn at BLACKFIVE
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"An SF medic I know said "I'd rather see 1,000 goats die than one of our troops",that is a harsh idea to get your mind around but I agree with him." How is that a harsh idea to get your mind around? Would anyone have second thoughts about trading 3,000,000 goats for 9/11?
Toggle Commented May 26, 2010 on Saving our troops or saving animals at BLACKFIVE
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I had that same thought when reading this story. TOo bad we don't do more of that ourselves.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2010 on The Russians Executed the Pirates at BLACKFIVE
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Patton absolutely was a showman. He was loud and extravagant, he loved the limelight. He was also a great general.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2010 on Why COIN won't work in Afghanistan at BLACKFIVE
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He has done some great work, but there has always tended to be more "him" in it than perhaps is best.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2010 on An Open Letter To Michael Yon at BLACKFIVE
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How much do you want to degrade the mission capability for increased security? It's like armoring helicopters. Safer for the people inside the more they are armored, but they can't fly for as long, or as high, or carry as many troops. There are always tradeoffs.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2009 on Hackers grab drone footage at BLACKFIVE
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Unfortunately, I think this was a political CYA decision - he is trying to optimize his chances in 2012. If Afghanistan was really a high priority to him, this would have been done (sans deadline) 6 months ago.
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What is the best web site(s) for information on the Rangers in Afghanistan/Iraq? FOr a friend whose son is a combat medic with them.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2009 on A Soldier's Home in Afghanistan at BLACKFIVE
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