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    What do you think has made the largest impact on the war on terror?
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    highly trained Special Operations Forces
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    Gps and Sattelite guided munitions
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    Overwhelming numbers of troops (although not the case in Afghanistan)
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    A dominate Air Force
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  • #2
    I would have to say not only the taining of the SF, but of the whole US military we have the best trained troops in the world.

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    • #3
      Re: What has made the biggest impact on the war on terror

      Originally posted by NavySeals112
      What do you think has made the largest impact on the war on terror?
      The biggest impact has been each of the services working together without "turf battles", or complaints that "hey, that's [pick your service}'s job. The various terrorist organizations have learned that we can and will hunt them down - note Israel's op against Sheikh Yassin, the recent campaign on the Pak-Afghan border and other ops. When was the last time you heard of bin Laden in public? Every terrorist knows that, when they go to sleep, they may awaken to a special operator's gun in their face.

      In contrast to earlier days, few if any terrorists feel inviolate. Note that only a handful of of major ops have occurred since 11 September. The terrorists are afraid and running scared
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      • #4
        The biggest impact is UBL is still running around in Afghanistan while the US forces are preoccupied in Iraq and getting bogged down by the day.
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        • #5
          Biggest impact on terror

          The biggest impact is that they are now the hunted. Some would see 9-11 as a victory.....but in fact it is a political and military defeat. Where before they could slip easily through the fringes of international security they have now rolled out their banners and caused the targets to become much less attainable. To that extent, the greatest impact on terrorism and the guerilla style of warfare it represents is the greater awareness of their existance and the greater level of cooperation among possible targets to defeat their efforts.

          Speaking purely on the tactical side...the greatest weapon has turned out to be both strategic and tactical airpower. While it will always be necessary to put boots on the ground..the ability to cleanse the ground with fire means your opponent, whether Taliban, Iraqi, or Al Quida, will be in a much more defensive posture then if he had the initiative. Airpower allows a relatively safe means to destroy the underpinnings of war making. In fact the 9-11 incident could well be considered as the use of "barrowed" air assets to attempt to do just that. Al-Quida had no strtegic air component...so they barrowed one in the form of hijacked commercial airliners. Not a bad idea for a bunch of 7th century minds. What Al-Quida and their Taliban friends did not foresee was how airpower could reduce their hold on Afganistan to mere days and hours. They counted on meeting the boot on the ground....not the bomb that seemingly comes out of no where to raze an entire hill. They had fought the soviets and felt that had learned the secrets of fighting a modern technologically advance military. They were wrong...silent death from out of nowhere rapidly destroys the mettle that gives man the will to fight. Iraq, which should have been a warning to them, proved the case once again that air power, while not decisive in of of itself (unless true WMD's are used) controls the initiative on how the war will be fought and, apparently, its eventual success.

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          • #6
            My answer...

            My answer is: The stupidity of some politicians has the largest affect on this war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            (I meant not only western ones, btw, but mostly)
            If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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            • #7
              None of the above.

              It's the ability to gather, process, and action INTELLIGENCE.

              The ability of our forces (that is, that of the nations of the world, vs terrorists) to know what is going on is incredible and mostly invisible to the world (for obvious reasons).
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              • #8
                Re: My answer...

                Originally posted by amvas
                My answer is: The stupidity of some politicians has the largest affect on this war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                (I meant not only western ones, btw, but mostly)
                As opposed to those who poison gas a theater full of people and have been stuck in Afghanistan and Chechnya for 30 years?
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                • #9
                  Re: Re: My answer...

                  Originally posted by Janos
                  As opposed to those who poison gas a theater full of people and have been stuck in Afghanistan and Chechnya for 30 years?
                  Hey! Any other methods except gas for neutralization of a pack of terrorists with a giant amount of explosives inside enclosed building, eh???!!!

                  Btw, Afganistan's experience (1979-88) of the USSR is a good lesson for others both in Afganistan and Iraq. Not sure it's learnt well

                  (Btw, Bin Laden appeared just that time and was supported by western intellegences )

                  In Chechnia, btw it became more safely now then in 1990s.
                  Heh, much terrorists ran off from it for Iraq, which rapidly becomes a paradise for terrorists...
                  Wish US forces to kill those, as much as possible.....
                  A terrorist been killed in Iraq will not be found in Chechnia ...

                  PS. conflict in Afganistan for the USSR lasted from 1979 until 1988 (10 years), and in Chechnia from 1991 until now (13 years). Not counting war in the XIX century and in 1920s and 1940s. It's too long story to discuss now
                  If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Re: Re: My answer...

                    Originally posted by amvas
                    Hey! Any other methods except gas for neutralization of a pack of terrorists with a giant amount of explosives inside enclosed building, eh???!!!
                    Watch the movie The Final Option, the part where they rescue the guy's family (don't want to give away the plot).
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Janos
                      Watch the movie The Final Option, the part where they rescue the guy's family (don't want to give away the plot).
                      Movies can't serve an instruction! Espacially, American ones!
                      I laugh a lot watching terrorists in American movies.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by amvas
                        Movies can't serve an instruction! Espacially, American ones!
                        I laugh a lot watching terrorists in American movies.

                        Maybe that explains your ignorance.
                        The movie is British and portrays VALID counter-terrorist actions.

                        PS-I laugh a lot at the BS in Russian movies, too. Too much propaganda!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Janos

                          Maybe that explains your ignorance.
                          The movie is British and portrays VALID counter-terrorist actions.

                          PS-I laugh a lot at the BS in Russian movies, too. Too much propaganda!
                          Oh - you mean "Who Dares Wins"? With Lewis Collins? That was the original title.

                          Yeah, that was a good film - it was made after the SAS became a household name following the Iranian Embassy Siege in London. The denouement was pretty good – I agree with you about the rescue scene you mentioned, that was very well done.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                            Oh - you mean "Who Dares Wins"? With Lewis Collins? That was the original title.
                            I didn't know that -- I like the new title better. The old title gives away too much.
                            Yeah, that was a good film - it was made after the SAS became a household name following the Iranian Embassy Siege in London. The denouement was pretty good – I agree with you about the rescue scene you mentioned, that was very well done.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Janos
                              [B]I didn't know that -- I like the new title better. The old title gives away too much.

                              Hey! Watch that Frenchie talk!
                              Thanks for the support.
                              JS
                              Frenchie talk hey???????????
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