is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group.
Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.
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@Riceball That's "thrifty" Riceball :) oh well - I often got called J@p and Harbor Bomber by my classmates in grammar school. That was probably how I learned to fight and take hits.
All very good points
Call me crazy but I just as soon stay out of regional politics in South East Asia. There are hundreds of individual islands and fishing rights that are in dispute and China is the regional super power over there. If the US is drawn into any of these conflicts you can expect cyber repercussions on the US homeland carried out by "non-state actors" inside China (who of course will be unwilling to help investigate the source of an attack). Don't forget that most of our infrastructure components (municipal water pumps, large transformers....) are manufactured in China and then imported here. If we piss the PRC off bad enough they might just decide not to sell us replacements for those destroyed or damaged in cyber attacks.
I'm not an isolationist by any means but this is an region with a lot more metaphorical landmines than I think most people realize.
Aldready for the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq we had an idea of what the military agencies and powerful Men that govern the Unitedstates from outside want to do.
It's clear, very clear. It's like Risko strategy, the more you control the more you are powerful and can menace people and countries and get richer on other people head. I would expand school and education instead of expanding military bases.
Anyway LOL for the POW WOW bomb drop. It was funny what you wrote. hihihih
I think that in the end it was philippines who got that pow wow but the truth is that they got a military reenactment meeting club not a real terrorist group, just people who were war gaming.
South Asia's rivers all come from China. The 3-way water wars will be unprecedented, may be more interesting to watch once it kicks off. Still a long ways off though.
I'm with most commenters here, in that China's just feeling out the shipping lanes. Just feeling out, theyre not ready to commit yet and they know it.