If hard power is violence and coercion, then soft power is influence and motivation.  American power projected across the globe teaches that violence has its limitations.  To modify a turn of phrase, war is not always the answer.  Coercion causes resentment and, as we’ve seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, creates unnecessary enemies.  (Just look at the popular backlash against law enforcement when violence is used as an action of first resort.  Many individuals not directly affected by police action have changed their opinions on just how peaceful “peace officers” are.)  Violence indeed solves some problems, but it may also cause

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After watching the documentary Cartel Land, which tells two unique stories of how Mexican drug cartel activities are effecting the local area and how the local populace is fighting back.  The first story is told from the Mexican perspective, from that of the auto-defensas civil defense group. The second is told from the American southern border perspective, from a group called Arizona Border Recon led by a hard charger named Tim “Nailer” Foley. The security situation on our U.S.-Mexico border is dire.  The drug cartels are waging an insurgency in these border towns, which is spilling over into the United States daily. 

25 Oct 1764 – John Adams and Abigail Smith are married.  Abigail’s father, believing that John Adams has too low an aspiration in life, initially objects to the marriage. 26 Oct 1881 – The Shootout at the OK Corral takes the lives of three men in Tombstone, Arizona.  The 30-second gunfight leaves Virgil and Morgan Earp wounded, and three members of the Clanton-McLaury gang dead. 27 Oct 1659 – In 1658, the Massachusetts Bay Colony passes a law banning Quakerism under the penalty of death.  On this day in 1659, Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson, who immigrated from England in

Must Read:  When Selfies Are a Tool of Intelligence.  In late August and early September, Russian troops being deployed to Syria posted selfies on social media sites saying they were headed to Russia’s naval port in Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. On Sept. 2, photos of alleged Russian jets and drones in the skies over Syria appeared on Twitter.   Domestic NBC: Government To Announce Mandatory Registry of Drones.  The federal government will announce a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Atlantic: If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy.  As

Code of the Street Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City Elijah Anderson (Norton & Company, 1999)   Understanding the human terrain is one of the foremost important abilities for an intelligence analyst involved in conflicts of the people.  Past the soldiers and their weapons lies a battlefield, often containing people.  And in the insurgencies faced by the U.S. military over the past decade, it’s these people who have a say in determining your failure or success.  The human terrain contains a multitude of timely and accurate intelligence information.  It also contains one of your worst counterintelligence

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18 Oct 1912 – First Balkan War begins.  Balkan League members Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Montenegro rapidly defeat Ottoman Muslim forces.  Not only were many Ottoman soldiers unfit for fighting, but the Ottomans also declared war before mobilization was complete. 19 Oct 1774 – After Patriots coerce the ship’s owner, the Peggy Stewart, docked out of Annapolis, Maryland, was run aground and set ablaze with its British flag flying high, destroying over 2,000 pounds of tea. 20 Oct 1917 – Russian Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin disguises himself and infiltrates Petrograd to begin an armed takeover of the Russian government. 21

Domestic NYPost: NYPD’s Secret X-Ray Vans.  Police Commissioner Bill Bratton won’t let the NYCLU — or anyone else — bully him for details on the NYPD’s super-secret X-ray vans.  The top cop was asked Tuesday about the counter-terror vehicles, called Z Backscatter Vans, in light of the NYCLU’s request to file an amicus brief arguing that the NYPD should have to release records about the X-ray vans. DigitalTrends: Anti-Drone Guns Disable UAVs.  While some homeowners are turning to shotguns to deal with unwanted drones, federal agencies and law enforcement lack the necessary technology to deal with this increasing menace. However,

  In this week’s podcast, I talk about Islam, the Syrian refugee crisis, Europe’s past and future wars with Islam, and how it all could affect you. SPONSORS: CATI Armor I referenced a map during this podcast; here’s the link to view it.