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Manchuria 1945-1950

Aug 25, 2016 James E. Parker http://www.muleorations.com/blog/archives/11323 Over this past summer I took a look at how our US military went from world-beaters in 1945, defeating two highly industrialized countries with ferocious, dedicated military, to its unsuccessful fight with the sub-par North Vietnamese 1965/1975. Ended up where I never imagined. Yalta 1945. Allow me to […]

OPSEC Precautions For This Site

Source: http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/movies/jason-bourne-proves-why-computers-are-the-worst-thing-to-happen-to-the-spy-thriller-since-no-more-day-to-day-formalwear Things to keep in mind when interacting with The Lint Center, particularly when leaving comments or uploading photos: Defense conditions are classified secret, while force protection conditions are unclassified. Vulnerability of oconus installations to sabotage or penetration is classified secret if U.S. Intelligence information is made. The identity of units planned for deployment […]

Interview with Ambassador (RET) Robert G. Loftis

One of the more memorable experiences was taking the lead role in negotiating the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq in 2008. As originally envisioned, the agreement would have allowed for a long-term presence of U.S. military forces in Iraq. As far as anyone was aware, this was the first such agreement in living memory with a country that was involved in fighting an active war, which made it particularly challenging. Moreover, there was far from unanimity within the Iraqi government or population that the U.S. should be allowed to stay. In the end, after negotiating most of the agreement, I was replaced in part over differences with more senior members of the Administration over what we should be prepared to cede to the Iraqis. And while my job had been to negotiate a long-term presence, political pressures in Iraq turned the agreement into a strict commitment for the U.S. to withdraw all of its forces by the end of 2011.