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Back to Iraq?: An exchange between 2 Marines in Hawaii with different views

By Lt. Jacob O. Bridge, USMC

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This is a conversation that happened Thursday, Sept. 25. I don't normally have this kind of conversation with anyone at work because I know that I'll get nowhere. But this sergeant had been sitting in my office for over 15 minutes complaining about his life to his sergeant friend.

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Unhappy drone crews booed commander?

Here is some interesting stuff from "War is Boring":

"Drone crews became so unhappy that, in one chilling moment in late 2005 or early 2006, a group of Predator operators actually booed their commander.

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Advice for the Ute on working in D.C.

This is solid stuff from the Duck of Minerva.

I was especially struck by the advice about proofreading your cover letter. I can't remember how many such applications I've tossed because it was clear the writer hadn't paid attention to detail, the first requirement for a research assistant or the like.

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ISIL 3-24: Do they do counter-insurgency?

By Michael Knights

Best Defense guest columnist

What happens when poacher must become gamekeeper? That's what the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) must be asking itself at the present time. Once it was the insurgent force skulking in the shadows, ambushing and bombing, then fading away. Now ISIL believes itself to be a state and it knows that a range of powerful enemies are planning to spark local insurgencies against it in Iraq and Syria. ISIL needs a game plan to face the looming threat. So if ISIL had an equivalent of FM 3-24, the U.S. government's guide on counterinsurgency, what would it look like?

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Quote of the day: Ambassador Crocker on the core problem facing the Iraqi military

From one of the best American analysts of Iraq:

"Iraqis have a strong military tradition. They've got good soldiers. They need good leadership. And clearly, the current government is aware of that. We're in a position to help to get the right commanders in the right places, to serve their troops and their country well."

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