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Evacuation, even if done properly, will be traumatic; but it will save countless lives among civilians and Iraqi security forces.

“Small Wars Journal” is known for some serious discussions about wars big and small, analysis of strategy, tactics, firefights in deserts, mountains, jungles, yadda, yadda…

"The tilt toward military officials may reflect a limited pool of civilian options."

"Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia's approach to propaganda."

By Erin Simpson at War on the Rocks. SWJ disagrees, but Dr. Simpson offers up food for thought concerning the next administration.

"American military, intelligence and law enforcement officials acknowledge that the Islamic State still retains a sophisticated social media arm."

"A plucky Irish Catholic kid from Rhode Island, he wasn’t impressed by rank. He told his junior officers to challenge him in briefings."

“Many have suffered under the Islamic State, but the misery inflicted on Sunnis will resonate for generations.”

Continue on for the video.

“At least six former generals are being considered for as many as four top positions in a Trump administration .”

"General David Petraeus has indicated he would be willing to serve in President-elect Donald Trump's administration if asked."

"A Green Beret's plea to Donald Trump. There is cause for optimism in hearing the names of potential candidates for key positions in the executive branch."

With tensions at an all-time high in the Middle-East, a burgeoning Russian footprint in Syria, and a stalemated diplomatic effort with Iran, Trump’s obstacles remain daunting.

Oldie but goodie profile of Generals Mattis, Petraeus, and Wallace by Thomas P.M. Barnett.

Continue on for a link to the 2007 reading list when General Mattis was Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, published here at SWJ.

"Officials investigating the slayings of three U.S. soldiers in Jordan this month say they now know how they were killed but still lack a clear explanation for why."

"Now that Mr. Trump is the president-elect, he is spending a great deal of his time with retired generals, and those of a particular breed."

"So, if Mattis is picked, how is his tenure running the Defense Department likely to go?"

"The text message, which Reuters has seen, was one of many describing what was happening inside Islamic State."

"It appears that retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is being considered to play a key role in the Trump administration, possibly as secretary of state."

“Driving Islamic State fighters out of Iraq's second largest city is only part of the job.”

"Trump hinted strongly on Sunday that he would pick James N. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, to be defense secretary, heaping praise on the general for the second day in a row."

"Ukraine officials turned for help to the non-profit Global SOF Foundation, a Tampa-based special operations advocacy group."

But one thing the men have in common is that while they are familiar to U.S. intelligence agencies, they are, in a sense, outsiders.

"Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised to quickly get rid of the top level of senior military officers serving in uniform."

“In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, he aired his complaints in a report called Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan"

"What these two shared was a vision of an outward-leaning United States that led a global network of security alliances and trading partnerships."

"President-elect Donald J. Trump has offered the post of national security adviser to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn."

"Policies on women in combat, transgender troops are 'here to stay'."

“The cascade of events has left France’s political establishment at a crossroads: Reject Ms. Le Pen’s rhetoric or co-opt it.”