Interesting piece in Politico today about the French military, and its very different manner of going about operations than that which we are used to here in the US: If, as seems all but certain, the French increase the scale and tempo of their operations in Syria in response to the Paris attacks, I think its important for us to have a better understanding of what we may be in store for. The French way of conducting operations is economical, in terms of the number of aircraft required; the number of troops involved; etc. But its also very important to understand that it carries grave risks. And that if one of those operations goes wrong - it could go very wrong indeed. Like we could see ISIS decapitating a half dozen French paratroopers. Not that the US military, and especially our Special Operations Forces, don't undertake hazardous operations. Its just that more often than not, those guys go in knowing there is a backup plan to reinforce or evacuate them if the plan goes badly wrong.