A leprosy spreading across the globe….

Lost in the noise about Trump’s self -congratulatory tour of Puerto Rico, Congress letting health insurance expire for 9 million children, the suffering of the people of Puerto Rico, Russia investigations and the Secretary of State quite correctly calling the President what he is, was this news item: WASHINGTON — Three United States Army Special […]

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There was never a chance………..

Phib, in one of his repeated themes, bemoans the fact that we did not give ourselves a chance to “succeed” in Afghanistan. “All it required was about another four-five years of patience. Of course, that 4-5 from now is based on an alternative history where we did not announce our retreat in DEC 09 … […]

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The real Petreaus problem.

"The issue at Tailhook is not that we took a few liberties with our female party guests. We did." Just have to do one more Petraeus post. And its not to condemn him for slicing off what appears to be a fine hunk of tuna. I don't condemn him for that at all. Actually applaud […]

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The enemy is us

I've been rather busy this week. On travel and next week I will be working some unusual hours. So what that means is posting will continue to be light. Plus, if the truth is to be told-I am viewing the upcoming election in the United States with increasing pessimism. Primarily because of what the argument […]

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Acknowledging the truth that you do not wish to hear.

I have been watching with interest, the mil-blog reaction to the “new” strategy announced by the President and the Secretary of Defense-namely that the US has to know its limitations; and that so long as we choose to not raise enough revenue, then cuts must come to the federal budget. And as much as it […]

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Unrequired hysteria.

I have been watching with considerable interest, the generally unhinged reaction of many prominent mil-blogs and other commentaries about President Obama’s speech last Thursday regarding Israel and the Palestinians. It would be funny, if the consequences were not so serious.

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They left me, I did not leave them.

The Republican party that is. This is a serious post-to try to explain why I feel as strongly as I do on several issues and why I feel abandoned by the political party I once considered my home. A post over at the League of Ordinary Gentleman by E.D. Kain and another one by him […]

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That did not take long……

For the usual suspects to hammer back at George Will The Fat Boy put down his cheeseburger long enough to weigh in. Bozo the Clown and William the Bloody are also heard from too. I take that as the best sign Mr. Will may actually be on the right track. Putting aside everything else-and recognizing […]

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Idle musings on the moon, America-and the death of optimism.

Today is July 20th. Only proper to write about the moon landings, right? Its being written over at plenty of blogs this day-and its is an anniversary of a great achievement. Except-as Tom Wolfe points out in a well written essay, its also the begining of the end of the glory days for NASA and […]

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I'll buzz in on that one, Alex.

 "I’ll take stupid neocon fantasies for 400, Alex." "Ok, Skippy: The answer is: "one of the reasons there is a substantial reform movement in Iran — particularly among its young people — is because of George W. Bush’s tough policies." " What is one of the biggest lies Ari Flesicher ever told?" " Correct, Skippy-you […]

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Someone had to say it….

I noted with interest the comments of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who safely splash landed a US Airways jet into the Hudson River last month. I don’t know if the Airline Pilots Union put him up to it-but he said some things that truly need to be said: “I am worried that the airline piloting profession […]

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Liberation Theology………..

It pains me greatly (I’ve been OD’ing on John Adams DVD’s today) to give pause from my narrow commentary on the various and sundry musing’s on my life-to jump back into the fluid waters of political discussion. Ordinarily, I would have waited till the year was farther along, but when one reads cravenly incorrect diatribe, […]

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