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(The Daily Beast)   Why the US can't just deploy special forces soldiers to Iraq to solve the country's problems on the cheap: "What are they going to do? Host a dinner party? It's 300 guys to stop ISIS from taking over Baghdad"   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 6
    More: Obvious, Iraq, U.S. military, White House announced, Joint Special Operations Command, special forces, Sending, Iraqi security forces, The Daily Beast  
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2014-06-24 10:30:15 AM  
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Well, you'd be surprised what 300 highly trained, highly motivated guys can do.

CSB:  The Army base where I learned Morse code was Fort Devens, which at the time was the home of the 10th SF Group.  So there were guys with green berets all over the place.  I remember one in particular.  Unlike most of the other SF guys, who to a man were really scrawny, this guy was just different.  You could tell he spent time lifting weights.  SF places a premium on endurance, not raw strength.  Marathon runners, not powerlifters, so he stood out.  That, and the fact that he was probably at that time pushing 40 years old.

One Saturday while I was at the post library, I happened to run across this guy in the stacks.  Being an impressionable young PV2, and generally not prone to being intimidated by rank, I walked up to him and said "Hey Master Sergeant, what's the hairiest situation you've been in?".

He then proceeded to tell me the story about how, after his second extended tour in Vietnam, he was looking up some of his old war buddies when he started getting hassled by a local cop in a podunk small town.  A deputy ended up dying in the ensuing row, which he insisted was an accident, but it took all of his skills to evade the ensuing manhunt.  Eventually, his commander showed up and they got everything straightened out.

I met him in the language section, btw.  He was getting some books on Pashto.  I assume he was heading at that point to Afghanistan to help out the Mujahideen, but I can't rightly say.
2014-06-24 03:48:05 PM  
1 votes:
An elegant dinner party, maybe...

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2014-06-24 03:46:23 PM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Well, you'd be surprised what 300 highly trained, highly motivated guys can do.

CSB:  The Army base where I learned Morse code was Fort Devens, which at the time was the home of the 10th SF Group.  So there were guys with green berets all over the place.  I remember one in particular.  Unlike most of the other SF guys, who to a man were really scrawny, this guy was just different.  You could tell he spent time lifting weights.  SF places a premium on endurance, not raw strength.  Marathon runners, not powerlifters, so he stood out.  That, and the fact that he was probably at that time pushing 40 years old.

One Saturday while I was at the post library, I happened to run across this guy in the stacks.  Being an impressionable young PV2, and generally not prone to being intimidated by rank, I walked up to him and said "Hey Master Sergeant, what's the hairiest situation you've been in?".

He then proceeded to tell me the story about how, after his second extended tour in Vietnam, he was looking up some of his old war buddies when he started getting hassled by a local cop in a podunk small town.  A deputy ended up dying in the ensuing row, which he insisted was an accident, but it took all of his skills to evade the ensuing manhunt.  Eventually, his commander showed up and they got everything straightened out.

I met him in the language section, btw.  He was getting some books on Pashto.  I assume he was heading at that point to Afghanistan to help out the Mujahideen, but I can't rightly say.


They drew first blood.
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2014-06-24 03:28:29 PM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Well, you'd be surprised what 300 highly trained, highly motivated guys can do.


CSB:
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2014-06-24 02:09:45 PM  
1 votes:

violentsalvation: dittybopper: He then proceeded to tell me the story about how, after his second extended tour in Vietnam, he was looking up some of his old war buddies when he started getting hassled by a local cop in a podunk small town.  A deputy ended up dying in the ensuing row, which he insisted was an accident, but it took all of his skills to evade the ensuing manhunt.  Eventually, his commander showed up and they got everything straightened out.

I think I met him too, at the PX, but this was after he rescued some secret American POWs held in Vietnam and fought with the Mujaheddin in Trashcanistan.


Yeah, that was him.

I can't believe it took over 3 hours for someone to notice that I had PN'ed the thread in the juggs.
2014-06-24 10:34:43 AM  
1 votes:
Why do we care about Iraq again? A regional civil war is long overdue there, the tribal alliances that don't match those idiot boundaries the British gave them 100 years ago have been enforced for far too long.

Also, Kudos to the "Religion of Peace" for even having a shiite / Sunni split worthy of a shooting war again, just like every other Islamic holy conflict with itself in the past .. 1400 years now?

Note to any Islamic apologist: The West used to have shooting wars just as violent or angry as the Islamic world does today. And we evolved out of it. The Reformation, The 100 Years' War and so forth, basically our entire history 1500 - 1800 was based around Catholics and Protestants trying to hurt one another over whose version of God was correct.

In the end it served to help the West grow past religious theocracy as a form of government and led to the society we enjoy today.

Someone better educated in Islamic culture could explain why with double the history the Islamic world is still basically fighting for which version of the bible is correct, and is willing to kill itself in order to settle it.

Ridiculously immature and non-modern thing to be arguing over, Islamic World. If you didn't have oil wealth we'd just laugh at your tribal nonsense, but since you inherited some money along the way you actually have the ability to damage the civilized world with your antics.
 
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