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Pat, I am no great fan of Dave Petraeus. He and I were Captains at Fort Stewart Georgia in the 1980s. There was no question at the time that he was already marked for bigger and better things in life. He was selected to be Major General John Galvin's AdC. While I did not know him well it was clear he was anything but medicore. Dave Petraeus is very smart, curious, and surrounded himself with good people. There were many in the Army who did not want to see him do well, they were scare of his brains, one of those is the current CSA the Big Bald Bully. Whether Dave Petraeus should be charged and tried as a common criminal or recalled and face a court martial I have no position one way or the other.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2015 on Petraeus to be tried? at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Sorry Pat we are a representative republic, despite the fact the Senate gave each state equal representation because of the Great Compromise. Mr. Madison wanted the Senate to be based on population, but the small states wanted to prevent the large states from overpowering their interest. You are correct that neither side will willingly give up gerrymandering so the chance of the commission coming about is nil--that being said does not mean it would not be a better way that we must endure every ten years. Curious what is SWMBO?
You are right, of course those who live in glass houses. . .
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2014 on Foresman--Why Now Putin? at Sic Semper Tyrannis
What I did not clearly articulate, my bad, is that we need to be thinking about what our reaction would be if Putin decides to invade Ukraine ever mindful that he does have nuclear weapons.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Foresman--Why Now Putin? at Sic Semper Tyrannis
It would seem that our Intelligence Agencies believe that Russia will invaded Eastern Ukraine. We should not be surprised. After the President’s ill-advised dismissal of Russia as a Regional power, Putin like a wounded bear will fight back. Russia is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
According to this link his unit faced the British as it was near Ypre he was blinded by gas.
I am reading it now. The introductory chapter on Serbia is great. As far as the Kaiser--perhaps John Kerry!
As some of you may know I am fascinated by the history of World War I. I have been since my first semester in graduate school, when I took a seminar entitled, “Europe in the Age of World War I.”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I do not take offense as someone who has participated in his share of seminars. The point I was not making very well, too often those who espouse their theories lack real world experience outside academia.
The French despite what many Americans think are merciless when they intervene. The forces I observed going into CAR were from the Legion Airborne element.
Mr. Etie: I believe we are seeing a more restrained Foreign Policy but one that is still heavily influenced by the likes of Slaughter, Rice, and Power. The Neo-cons are still a prominent force in the loyal opposition but they are increasingly being challenged by neo-isolationists such as Rand Paul and his father and Wyden and others on the left side of the Senate aisle. I am not very optimistic that realism will see the light of day in the near term.
Babak: Good question, a quick check of states that: "The most recent Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life report from December 2012 estimated that in 2010, there were 6.010 million Christians (60.46%), 3.270 million followers of African Traditional Religion (32.9%), 610,000 Muslims (6.2%) and 50,000 unaffiliated (no known religion) of a total 9,940,000 people in South Sudan.[14]" Quoted from Perhaps I should have said a majority Christian nation.
In South Sudan, we are once again witnessing the United States misplaced emphasis on American styled democracy. South Sudan is a Christian country; but it is a Christian country that is defined by tribes. We in the West do not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Pat, I must demure from the commentary that sees this as a woeful breech of Senate custom. The woeful breech of Senate custom and I would argue what is constitutional is the notion that a minority can hold up a Presidential nomination. The Constitution requires only a super majority in the case of conviction by impeachment, proposing an amendment to the Constitution, and to override a veto. While jealous of the power of the people and their representatives, I believe that the minority has no right to hold up a nomination because of politics. In my estimation there must be good cause for such a move that a President's nomination should be approved. While I found his judicial philosophy horrid, I saw no good reason for Judge Bork not to have confirmed. The case of Senator Tower is interesting. While clearly qualified to fill the position, there were sufficient democrats and republicans who knew of his drinking and womanizing who believed he should not be Secretary of Defense. We have turned the whole process into a zoo. Democrats are equally to blame as Republicans, neither party is pure, however while it eventually bite the Democrats in their fourth point of contact as a whole this was the right move.
Over at the American Conservative, Gian Gentile offers some good advice to our policy makers, listen to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Dempsey ran afoul of Cohen apparently because he has urged caution in the rush to war... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
You did call it. I was using "our" in the collective sense of the national leadership.
It would seem that Edmund Burke got it right when he surmised the French Revolution was not what it seemed. Apparently our understanding of history is either naive or non-existent.
William Cummings: He did in fact support the American colonists in their disagreements with the King.
Edmund Burke, The First Conservative; Jesse Norman; Basic Books: New York; 2013; 325 pages. This book is about conservatism in its best sense; the political philosophy, espoused by Edmund Burke that seeks to preserve the best of the social order... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
The wife of a friend with whom I served in the Army and who shall retire this summer and whose son was killed in Afghanistan, wrote this on her Face Book page, we should all pause and remember those who... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Pat, I did not identify myself as the photographer of this picture, which I took yesterday at the ceremony. The Color Guard had just completed their movement from the Parade Ground (I hate that it has become the Parade Deck!) onto Letcher Avenue where they has just marched through the Limit Gates.
Download The Battle at New Market, Virginia 15 May 1864 (NXPowerLite) (NXPowerLite) pl Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I shall post a picture for the committee of correspondence to view.
Fred while not germane to this piece; I did publish a link to this article at on my facebook account
They are in a shambles because whites abandon them, so they would not have to associate with Blacks. By the way the Blacks running those cities are no more corrupt than the whites they replaced. If you look at the history of Clayton County Georgia you will note it was corrupt forty years ago and it was run by whites; today the Blacks are merely copying the example of those who went before.