Tag: Legal

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trumping Middle East Hands: Iran [Updated]

 

Start from the position that the Iranian people are hostages in their own country to a regime based on an idea, perhaps an ideology, concocted in the 1970s and propounded clearly only after Khomeini’s faction had control in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Consider that there has been popular unrest against the regime. Factor in that the rulers are savvy and ruthless, with an elite military force keeping the regular military and the populace in check, while extending regime influence regionally and globally. The Khomeinists seem to have a strong hand, with some high cards, so how do we set about trumping their hand? Moving towards answers that are feasible takes more than hand-waving and posturing.

The U.S. military has long recognized that it was only one instrument in Uncle Sam’s tool belt, and that military strategy needed to be integrated with plans and actions by the rest of the government. This became called a “whole of government” approach. For many years, military officers, in their advanced schooling, were instructed in consideration of four “instruments of national power:” Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economy (DIME).

DIME was useful for getting officers with around twenty years of military planning and operations under their belts to think more broadly. However, Uncle Sam actually has a larger set of tools, and uses them. To capture these other tools, DIME became DIMEFIL:

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Ah, poetry. For some of us, the temptation to express our visions and desires, sacred or profane, in more than prose is irresistible. At times, we cannibalize others’ poems for the purpose – a gal like me might prefer ol’ W.B. Yeats; a guy like Slick Willie, Whitman. Other times, only our own words will […]

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Education Dept: Students Can Sue for Loan Forgiveness. I just returned from a trip touring a state university with my oldest son. After doing some simple math, before potential scholarships my son (and I) are looking at a couple hundred large. Two. Hundred. Thousand. Dollars. Nothing like roaming a college campus to make one feel old. […]

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Any lawyers in the house? [Or anybody else who plays one on TV and wishes to weigh in]. Is there a viable Class Action Suit against State of CA for the injured and deceased victims of the San Bernadino massacre? INAL and promise this isn’t a specious question – I’m genuinely interested in the legal […]

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In what appears to be a desperate attempt to take down the pinnacle of Fox, liberal rag Mother Jones has accused Bill O’Reilly for ‘misremembering’ his reporting during the Falklands War. Unlike Williams, who weaved a tale worthy of a Vince Flynn novel, O’Reilly never made up a story of being under fire. In fact, […]

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