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    One of the better articles on Basra... Michael...

    One of the better articles on Basra...
    Michael Yon : Online Magazine Blog Archive British Forces at War: As Witnessed by an American
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    Ummm... for a very long time, the Monroe doctrine...

    Ummm... for a very long time, the Monroe doctrine was enforced by the RN, not the USN - indeed, at the time the USN was little more than a gunboat navy. Also, IIRC they invoked the Monroe doctrine in...
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    Sticky: I've been in the TA for about 18 months now, for...

    I've been in the TA for about 18 months now, for a total of about 100 days served. I'd guess that makes me the most inexperienced on the forum.
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    Poll: This whole situation seems to be being driven by...

    This whole situation seems to be being driven by MoD Information Operations rather than either the 15 in question or the RN. It looks like they've decided the most credible way to get the story about...
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    Hull life? It's entirely possible that the older...

    Hull life? It's entirely possible that the older ships were built with longer hull lives and so are still usable, while the newer ships may have used up their hull life and so be deathtraps without a...
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    Ummm... dodgy accounting there - you aren't going...

    Ummm... dodgy accounting there - you aren't going to drive three times further in a hummer in real life, you're going to drive as far as you did in the Prius. They're comparing an apple to an orange...
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    The Tornado F.3 is pretty much an interceptor too...

    The Tornado F.3 is pretty much an interceptor too - mainly designed to deal with the Soviet hordes in the gap between the Iceland and Norway.
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    Couple more... ...

    Couple more...

    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/attachments/world-affairs-board-pub/7596d1175550338-only-post-if-you-can-post-poster-metr.gif...
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    The equivalent is Queen's Regulations. No idea...

    The equivalent is Queen's Regulations. No idea what's in it though, although my gut feeling is that the UK will be rather more pragmatic and less idealistic on matters like this. I'm far from sure...
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    Again, be careful with assuming that they said...

    Again, be careful with assuming that they said what the video shows. I know a few people who've been through media ops training, and one of the things they do is a mock TV interview. They then edit...
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    Sorry, wasn't very clear there. What I was trying...

    Sorry, wasn't very clear there. What I was trying to say is that it appears that they may very well have had such orders from the statements made by the MoD and Foreign Office about the RoE being...
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    Couple of issues with that Bluesman: 1) They...

    Couple of issues with that Bluesman:
    1) They aren't prisoners of war but something else. Thus the Geneva convention protections and the like don't apply.
    2) Article II appears to conflict with the...
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    A large part of the reason for the deletion of...

    A large part of the reason for the deletion of the Arrse threads is the number of journalists who quote from the site and treat it as an official one. This problem would not apply to a lower-profile...
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    This has nothing to do with Iran and everything...

    This has nothing to do with Iran and everything to do with the rest of the world. It's about painting Iran as the bad guys in the media - particularly in the West - to increase the international...
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    Were we at war with Iran, it would be a war...

    Were we at war with Iran, it would be a war crime. The Geneva Convention explicitly protects prisoners from "insults and public curiosity". It is worth noting that on Telic 1 the UK stopped reporters...
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    Much as I hate to say it, Castro actually has a...

    Much as I hate to say it, Castro actually has a point on this one. Producing Ethanol from Maize is incredibly energy inefficient - you burn nearly as much oil to produce and distil it in the first...
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    Ummm... you do realise the knock-on effects of...

    Ummm... you do realise the knock-on effects of that, don't you? For starters, the US would have to find another 20,000 troops or so for Iraq and Afghanistan because we would suddenly be needed...
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    What gives you that idea? It's a necessary tick...

    What gives you that idea? It's a necessary tick in the box before moving on to more active measures, and costs us nothing.
    Incidentally, these guys were technically operating under a UN mandate....
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    Cornwall - IIRC there has only ever been one HMS...

    Cornwall - IIRC there has only ever been one HMS Cromwell, and that was during WW2. Naming one of Her Majesty's Ships after the man who had her ancestor beheaded is not likely to go down well!
    My...
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    Couple of interesting points to have cropped up...

    Couple of interesting points to have cropped up over the course of today:
    1) The Iranians have apparently announced that one of the hostages (Leading Seaman Faye Turney) is to be released today or...
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