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turcopolier
A retired Army officer with three terriers.
Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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"In the past couple days, the vice president and the secretary of state have threatened to go to war against Iran and North Korea if those countries’ leaders don’t bend to President Donald Trump’s will. The nation’s top diplomat, Mike... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Om kriget kommer" -- "If War Comes", was a pamphlet published and distributed to every household of Sweden beginning in 1943. The pamphlet published by the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Office. It dealt with crisis, most notably... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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There are still many unanswered questions, but the evidence that now is part of the public record removes any doubt that British and US Intelligence services collaborated in a devious and fabricated scheme to portray the Trump campaign as intent... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Pompeo’s list of 12 requirements included many that Iran is highly unlikely to consider. He said Iran must “stop enrichment” of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear “unqualified access to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Never thought I'd see it from a Southern State, but thanks to a Representative in their State Legislature, those citizens of that state are having their 1st Amendment Rights squashed (even though the legislation claims not), if they dare criticize... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Who are Muslims? What do they believe? Are their ideas and traditions so alien there cannot be reconciliation between them and Christianity? Are they united in their beliefs and attitudes? Are they uniformly and permanently hostile to the West? In... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Octopuses’ brains are in their arms, which is admittedly pretty odd. Two-thirds of an octopus’ neurons reside in the long appendages that many mistakenly call “tentacles” (in modern zoology, a “tentacle” is relatively long and thin, with some kind of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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1. The SAA is preparing for action in SW Syria against rebels east of the Damascus-Deraa highway and west of Suweida. My SWAG is that the rebels there will fold up rather quickly and that this action will make the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"US media figures are in the habit of referring to the president of the United States as the “Commander in Chief of the United States” People who do that badly misunderstand the structure of US government as described in the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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While you might be inclined to think that my title is a cheap shot, it is not. It is a disgusting reality. Postenpflicht was part of a written order for the SS guards in German concentration camps during World War... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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(editorial comment) Muqtada al-Sadr. When he led the Army of the Mahdi against US occupation of Iraq, American troops called him Mookie. He was a nasty fat fils a papa and spawn of a distinguished Shia scholar. In those days... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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With Iran back in the news, I found this old file of mine from 1981. Thanks to The Washington Post, in 1976 I spent eight or nine weeks in Iran gathering notes for six front-page articles. The discoveries I made... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Israel’s former national security advisor and a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, Yaakov Amidror, said that the people around the world condemning the violence need to understand this isn’t like a protest in Europe. “They do... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Bubbling up in the last several days is a story separate from but perhaps more highly charged and incriminating than the surveillance of Carter Page through a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant that followed Page into the Donald Trump campaign... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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May 8th, DoJ announced that Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53 of Hong Kong was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia with one count of conspiracy to gather or deliver national defense information to aid... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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From the Ukraine to Riga Latvia, there is a lot of animosity towards the former Soviet Union and today's modern Russia. Russian Vesti News had a small segment showing some of that animosity on display. In the Ukraine that animosity... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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I wonder what is the Hebrew for the word Gleiwitz? The Gleiwitz incident (German: Überfall auf den Sender Gleiwitz; Polish: Prowokacja gliwicka) was a covert Nazi German attack on the German radio station Sender Gleiwitzon the night of 31 August... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"The question under examination here is simple. Premise: “The Intelligence Community produced poor quality intelligence on Iraq.” Therefore, one asks – Are there embedded structural defects in the present United States Intelligence Community that contributed either directly or indirectly to... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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I do not know Gina Haspel. Although we were at the CIA at the same time. She just lasted longer than me. Some of my former colleagues refer to her as "Bloody Gina" for her role in the so-called Enhanced... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"President Trump said Tuesday that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement and re-impose sanctions on Tehran, a decision that angered allies who fear the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the heart of the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Israel defense officials believe that Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 Israeli airstrike on Syria’s T4 Airbase in which at least 7 Iranian service members were killed, the Israel new outlet Haaretz reported on May 6. According... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Has Mueller come up against a Russian brick wall as it were? In a U.S. Court no less. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/04/mueller-russia-interference-election-case-delay-570627 Mueller seems to have forgotten that those Russian Corporations are protected under U.S. law as 'Persons', and have the same legal... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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"Israel opposes Russia supplying Syria with S-300 anti-aircraft systems, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told RIA Novosti on Saturday." “Of course, we do not like it,” the former Defense Minister said. “The S-300 is a more powerful system, and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis