My answer was a careful consideration of limited use of land-based Airpower in concert with non-military instruments of national power. If land-based air is not available, do not further stress the Navy by going with sea-based options other than perhaps TLAMs.* Although I doubt that a few TLAMs here or there would save Erbil from a concerted offensive by Erbil's enemies.
Had thought to remain away from this subject but this last thought of Mr. Perry's deserves further:
Some on this thread evince a desire for a sort of clarity that I find has little to do with the real world.
That said, let us boil it down to several, fundamental questions:
-First, should the semi-autonomous regime in Erbil be threatened what should the US Role be? Military (first choice in all cases for last 30 years), Diplomatic (usually never employed alone and usually in back seat to military/hammer solution), economic, informational [thus I have used the DIME], other (this is for the HG audience to take on), or combinations?
John--with an acknowledgement that it is a new month, and that our recent operations in support of Iranian allies against the Kurds certainly throws Operation Provide Comfort into stark relief, I just have to take a swing at Ian's softball:
Unfortunately, only John K has access to that particular blog tab, but if people are interested in submitting guest hand grenades, the editor on duty could post them.
H-War List Editor
This month I am doing as the Europeans do, I am taking a vaction for the whole month...but only for the handgrenade deal. But if someone wants to post something, please go right ahead using the blog tab on the main H-WAR page.
best, John T. Kuehn
Fort Leavenworth Kansas
All: I have July's hand grenade ready to publish...and will.
However, I am soliciting topics from you, the H-WAR readership in an effort to perhaps broaden my pool of targets.
I have opinions on just about everything out there, but specifically military and warfare related topics, so send 'em my way and I will weigh in on them with explosive prose--or whatever passes for the writing I do. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Will any pick it up?
vr, John T. Kuehn
Fort Leavenworth KS
" I say should, because more and more the publishing world has eliminated, marginalized, and minimized editorial presence in published works, whether books, online, or in journals."
It is clear that many well-regarded journals have either (1) downsized their editorial staff or (2) contracted out editing services or both. Doing so substantially reduces the cost of publishing. The only recourse authors have is to hire their own editors.
Here is a somewhat dated reference that explains some of the economics.
I understand various reasons for errors but find them annoying and worse, especially when they appear in books from what should be a gold-standard publisher (maybe no such thing anymore). As an example, I recently got a copy of a historical atlas of Islam published by Harvard University Press. I did so because of my own deficiencies in knowledge about the geography and wanted a solid, reliable reference to go along with my self-study on the subject. I was a bit surprised within the first few pages to find an error of its and it's.
Referring to David Lippman's remark concerning the Young Lady and the Gettysburg Address and his suggestion that "she should read, digest, and contemplate the entirety of the 272-word oratory. I hope she did it...for her sake and ours."
I, too, hope that was the case, but I know she didn't. The 140-word limit ensures no one will ever Tweet Lincoln to her, and she will remain oblivious.