Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do. – Eli Lake, Bloomberg News, February 14, 2017.
Self-Perpetuation As The Over-Arching Moral Imperative.
Careerists and appointees left over from the Obama Administration deliberately targeted Mike Flynn for political termination. Continue reading
The War On Poverty has failed. As a nation, we need to come to terms with this very simple fact. If not, then the system will collapse of its own weight, because the current model is unsustainable.
I’m from the government and I’m here to
make it worse help…
It’s Going To Get Ugly
This is going to be a brutal take-down. The self-help and management gurus have a lot to answer for. Of course, if you set yourself up as a great thinker or theoretician, be prepared for some criticism. But mostly, don’t be a fraud. Continue reading
Rebellious Conformity: yes, I thought that one up myself. The paradox nests rather nicely with respect to current events.
Members of the most pampered, protected demographic in the history of the world gathered in Washington, D.C. last weekend to complain about… something. Continue reading
This is the over-arching lesson we’ve gleaned over the weeks following the election and leading up to the inauguration. If we have learned nothing else, it’s that we need to put and keep the Adults in charge.
Paul famously wrote in 1 Corinthians, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” We are beset on all sides by those who refuse to put away childish things, yet insist on their right to rule over us. The Left loves to wag their fingers at the rest of us when they think they’r winning. But when they loose, they’re ready to burn it all down. Continue reading
…the people you meet “over there.”
I had the pleasure of meeting briefly with General Mattis in Kabul in 2010. I was temporarily in charge of NTMA’s Joint Visitor’s Bureau at Camp Eggers. There was an opening for a deputy commander in the Regional Support Command North and I was waiting for my replacement. General Mattis came in for a VIP visit. I was of course familiar with who he was. I was also interested in a member of his entourage. Author Steven Pressfield filled the roll of civilian advisor to General Mattis. And yes, I got Pressfield to sign the book I had read on the plane ride over.
General Mattis Testifies Before The Senate Armed Services Committee.
Mattis impressed me again today with his plain-spoken testimony, taking complex systems and breaking them down in a way that even I can understand.
Mattis is a master of language and social cues. This is of course true of most people at that level. He does manage to make you feel like you are the only one in the room. In our brief meeting, he asked for a brief auto-biography, civilian occupation, and my thoughts of our mission. I was guarded, of course. I was not about to be put completely at ease in the presence of a four-star general. Never-the-less, he is quite disarming, I have to give him that.
Steven Pressfield, best-selling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Afghan Campaign, stands with LTC Phil Christensen, Camp Eggers, Kabul, 2010.
Two weeks later, I was on a plane heading to Mazer i-Sharif to take up my new assignment. Good times, good times…
Everyone’s going to be out of a job, and it’s going to be great.
Ok, no one’s really going to be out of a job, but a lot of people are going to be changing jobs in the decades to come and we really need not to panic. Working for a living is a state of perpetual change. How we react to that change is the over-arching factor. Continue reading
A few selections from the shelves.
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Mozart – 1756 -1791.
I’ve lost lost tract of just how many of Mozart’s works I have on my possession. Between CD’s (I still purchase them once in a while) and MP3s, it has to number over 100. I have all his symphonies. Numbers 26 and 35 are among my favorites. The Marriage of Figaro (of course), and any number of concertos for any number of instruments. This past year saw something of a revival for Mozart. Decca label’s “Complete Works” box set turned out to be 2016’s best seller according to Billboard, if one counts the individual CDs.
“Because I don’t want to go to Space.” That’s how my wife answered the question. Of course getting her on a plane would prove a challenge, so there you go.
I cut my teeth on Star Trek – an optimistic view of the future where the military undergoes a conversion to a diplomatic corps. Sort of like how we’ve stalled on the Global War on Terror. (Getting rid of the term ‘Overseas Contingency Operations’ would be a good start if we want to regain our momentum). Continue reading