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March 18, 2011


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"Moreover, the Egyptian military has developed a commercial empire, with an entrenched officer class: historically, these are not things that are conducive to military effectiveness."

One can only hope that this holds for China. :^)

Are there actually any examples of competent Arab militaries, where competent would be could beat any of the NATO militaries given a 2:1 numerical advantage?

Barry: Not that I know of. Jordan comes closest. Strangely, all of the Arab militaries --- but especially Libya --- have historically been very good at logistics. They have been capable of sustaining large forces across vast distances.

Bernard: I had the same thought. I wouldn't count on it, though.

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