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    (Continued) Anyway, the 1990s display an American caution regarding American casualties; namely, the desire to use air power as a way of avoiding them (even to the point of avoiding pilot casualties; the bombing campaign against the Serbs saw civilian...
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    because there's absolutely no reason why NATO would change it behavior at any point of it's post-CW history Bear in mind that Western politicians don’t tend to think in terms of geopolitics or Grand Strategy; and they don’t tend to...
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    Serbs were the major component of preserving (relative) peace and unity in the Yugoslavia, and this is the reason why from the very beginning they were targeted by NATO for expulsion and extermination, to partition the country and take control...
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    The military budget has increased because the GDP has increased. Here's the breakdown for the UK, overall: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/652915/UK_Defence_in_Numbers_2017_-_Update_17_Oct.pdf The biggest single cost for most Western militaries is pay and pensions; it's 27% of the MoD budget (apparently Japan doesn't include...
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    They wanted a eye-grabbing title story to engage full damage control and they grabbed the first vulnerable person that was geographically closer to any of the vulnerable positions, simple as that. Nope, that's not quite what happened; according to Russia...
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    Immediately, of course, it goes into full damage control mode (Daily Mail Online article).... Don't worry about 77 Brigade for a while, they're too busy being viewed with a certain degree of cynicism by the rest of the British Army...
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    With the advent of the welfare state, we removed the "we will let you die" part of the equation, and we're struggling to work out what to replace it with... Maybe we should launch an invasion of France... That's needlessly...
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    [To moderators: I'm in two minds about writing this this post; please delete it if you feel it detracts from the debate at hand.] You've made several assertions surrounding the Brexit debate (and others) regarding external influence... My opinions are...
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    And you’ve avoided answering the question again. Who do you think was responsible?...
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    how can this even happen that most meticulously guided and funded agencies would fail at most basic tasks? Why the belief that organisations, full of the brightest and best people, can’t get complacent or arrogant, or (see: the CIA, and...
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    Then, to avoid misrepresentation by me in future, please can you confirm which agency you believe was responsible for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury? Because you appear not to believe that it was the GRU... “Test Case” @684 “Cthulhu...
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    Misrepresenting people is grossly offensive, and I no longer believe you are doing it accidentally. I may be mistaken (I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong); and via the delights of ambiguity, I may interpret statements in a way...
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    Errr.... not quite. The article says that the mission might last five months - not that the vessel can stay at sea unsupported for five months. Typically, you achieve this through Replenishment At Sea, which is why the Royal Navy...
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    Ah, I see... you’re objecting to the “Putin authorised it”. Fair enough, although I would point out that there’s a difference between “assessment available from intelligence sources” and “proof suitable for court, or airing in public”. Does that mean that...
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    She had no actual evidence of that... What, other than the film footage of two Russians entering the U.K., travelling to Salisbury, returning to Russia. Their admission on Russian TV that they had done this, in an attempt to see...
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    Sadly, that's exactly why I cannot rule out that Russian intelligence services had something to do with Novichok poisonings. While I don't believe that it was something that the Czar ordered (he's not that delusional yet) – some idiots in...
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    Book early, go for the nice hotel. It's not as if there's going to be a Zombie Apocalypse, unless you have a severe navigational embarrassment and end up in the dodgiest part of town...* :) If hard brexit's a-coming, you'll...
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    May was not the only symbolic absence from the Armistice Centenary, where were the royals? Errrr..... could you give an example of such an absence? Because I kept seeing The Firm at Armistice commemorations.... https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100-years-on-from-the-armistice-the-nation-remembers Compiègne was a French /...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Going back to the root of the thread, I think it’s worth saying that I just finished the book and rather enjoyed it :)...
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    Pffft, mere details, and negotiating a change to the Constitution of the United States will of course be the easiest deal ever, David Davis said so. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_of_Nobility_Clause without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present,... After all, the...
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    Like it; I think we should combine several of the suggestions... Firstly, we join the United States. If we're fast, we could perhaps beat out DC and Puerto Rico to join as the 51st and 52nd States (because obviously, Ireland)....
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    Who needs to invade Gibraltar? Just mobilise the Royal Gibraltar Regiment*, and stock up the tunnels**. * One of our syndicate at the School of Infantry for the Platoon Commanders' Course was from Gibraltar; the course started on January 3rd,...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The problem with DU munitions is that they're pyrophoric. You say "problem"... what the hell, here's too much detail on an AFAIK basis. A "fin" round (UK nickname, it's fin stabilised, US tankers will typically say "sabot") is a long,...
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    Anyone wanting to see this mentality in action is invited to stand in front of a school at the beginning and end of the day and watch how parents* drive Reassuringly, when I do the school run, all I see...
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    My beloved traded in her high-mileage 2006 V70 turbodiesel (a D5, which made it the GanzSchnellKinderTransportPanzer) to the Edinburgh Volvo dealer just before you bought yours, I've always smiled at the thought that you might be driving her old motor......
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    My mistake - I thought that the Series 3 was the last of the analogue Landies, and that all of the Defender Tdi engines were electronic (not just some) :) https://www.landroverexpedition.com/engines/300tdi/ I much preferred the Defender. Decent seats (by comparison),...
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    :) I won, not lost, and now, I pound; won't bind, but knock on thee......
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    What, other than the utterly desirable Series 3 perks of dim headlights*, useless windscreen wipers, drum brakes, the lovely braking performance that comes from cross-country tyres and drum brakes, top heaviness, lousy crash performance**, the lack of security***, and a...
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    While the use of fin might be true, two points... The U.K. didn’t get DU fin rounds for its tanks until Iraq in 1991, and the CHARM round; and even then there were only a few per vehicle. So you’re...
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    Mercury? Pfffft. Uranium, that’s the ticket. I’m sure we can come up with some advantages to depleted uranium as a building material; armour, perhaps?...
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