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In George MacDonald Fraser's "Flashman in the Great Game," the great, tragic 1842 retreat from Kabul by the British and East India Company forces is graphically, though humourously described. Flashman is the last English survivor of the over 20,000 people killed by Afghan tribesmen and enemy forces, and of course, emerges as the hero. A different literary treatment of this event is the chilling conclusion of Rudyard Kipling's masterpiece, The Young British Soldier: When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier. Go, go, go like a soldier, Go, go, go like a soldier, Go, go, go like a soldier, So-oldier of the Queen! Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Decameron: As of Midnight local time, Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government. New elections will take place. New York Times, May 29, 2019: "JERUSALEM — Seven weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared “a night of tremendous victory” in... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
A perfect thought. Thank you.
My father, father-in-law, both grandfathers and every uncle I ever knew, were all soldiers and saw war, some in combat and some in support, as young men. They didn't complain, and never forgot. With your help, Colonel & Mrs. Lang, I hope to finish writing that story of one of those soldiers. Thank you always for this Committee of Correspondence and for the hope that it brings to us all. Decameron.
PS. My grandfather jumped ship (from the Italian navy) in Port Arthur, Texas, circa 1922. He was a machinist and boiler expert in the Italian navy, and did not want to return to Mussolini's Italy. It was many years before he was made "legal," and he was a devoted American patriot whose sons-in-law fought against Hitler and Mussolini. Immigration is complicated, and there are many stories from the 1930s-40s-50s and present, that show that trying to base immigration on cost-effective criteria (as Trump and his Son-In-Law have done) will hurt the U.S., not help us.
Thank you, Colonel. I, too, am all for Merit based immigration status, but the issue is multi-faceted, and I think Mr. Trump tried to boil it down to a two-dimension, transactional issue. Example: Low-skilled immigrants take jobs away from low-skilled Americans, therefore, admitting more high-skilled immigrants will free up low-skilled jobs. Maybe true, BUT: (1) many American-born people don't want the low-skilled agri-jobs, or construction jobs (very hard work) that immigrants take. Secondly, US college grads are having a hard time finding the high-skilled jobs that will allow them to pay off their college loans. Some--maybe many--of those jobs are being taken by high skilled immigrants (or even out-source jobs in India or other locations) and denying those to Americans. Not simple.
A friend who worked in the HR head-hunting business at a high-skill level indicated that in trying to find candidates with experience in civil engineering, he could not find American native-born nationals. Why is that? Is university training to expensive? Too demanding for spoiled American youth? Let's find out.
Agree with your additions. Trump said that lower skill immigrant are taking away jobs from lower skill Americans, but it looks to me like the opposite. If he wants more accomplished foreigners to come in for highly skilled and perhaps high tech jobs, what will that do to American college graduates who are finding it hard to get a job in their fields and have a massive college tuition debt to pay off. The President's arguments makes no sense to me.
Yes, Colonel. You're right. Criminals are already excluded. Why the President threw in the fact that his plan makes all criminals "inadmissible", was a demonstration to me that this policy announcement was rhetoric, not policy. Maybe his 2020 base believes that Obama and prior presidents opened the door to "criminals", but that's now how I see it.
Decameron "We will replace the existing green card categories with a new visa, the 'Build America' visa…Like Canada and so many other modern countries, we’ll create an easy to navigate points-based selection system. You'll get more points for being a... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Thankyou Larry. May 21st is the anniversary of Mike Pompeo's Heritage Foundation speech where he laid out the "Ten Commandments" that Iran must abide by. Today, the Administration policy is being referred to as "Maximum Pressure" on Iran with the objective of reducing Iran's intake of funds to almost nothing. No oil sales, no waivers, sanctions and punishment against countries, individuals and entities that do business with Iran, etc. To justify this to skeptical and cautious allies and neutrals there must be a threat. Hence the Big Lie by repetition of Iran's terrorist profile (the falsehood that you so effectively demolished here), its nuclear threat, its missile threat, its sponsorship of "terrorist" groups (wrongly naming Hezbollah and Hamas which are successful, popular political movements, like it or not). The objective of Trump's "maximum pressure" is to break Iran's role as a "regional menace". All over Washington, pundits are splitting hairs that John Bolton's policy is to overthrow the Iranian regime, while the President's policy is to overthrow the policies of the Iranian regime and get Iran to obey the conditions that Pompeo laid out. If Iran obeys the Pompeo list, there's a chance for new negotiations. We're close to war by intent or by miscalculation.
Decameron “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: `[T]he investigation did not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Jeff Ballabon is a not-so-high-level advisor to the Trump Election Campaign, but he's out to climb higher in the 2020 Campaign by denouncing US Representative Ilan Omar (D-Minnesota) as "filth," "disgusting" and "filthy." She and her criticisms of Israel, "got... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
An admiring Mike Pompeo with Elliott Abrams It's a sad fact that the full and unconditional pardon given by President George H.W. Bush to Elliott Abrams (a member of the second generation neo-conservative royalty by way of marriage to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
More on the Neo-Cons' March through the Institutions. Brian Hook, the new chief of the Iran Action Group (IAG) , whose other members mysteriously haven't been made public, is a long time fellow-traveler and functionary of the neo-con policies that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
“A United Auto Workers member and team leader at Ford Motor Company’s Wayne [Michigan] Assembly Plant, backed Bernie Sanders in the Michigan primary, but supported Trump in the general. He told the Detroit News that, “neither the Democrats nor Republicans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
“Can you get me the author of the piece on the Fraunces Tavern bombing? I’d like to talk.” That unexpected phone call seeking out a free-lancer in the mid-1970s, who had researched and written about the support networks in New... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Peter Strzok Report from Decameron FBI Peter Strzok – the philandering FBI chief investigator who facilitated the FISA surveillance of Trump campaign officials in 2016 – has been exposed for ignoring evidence of major Clinton-related breaches of national security and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Independence Hall, Philadelphia Sometimes robots are machines, and sometimes they’re not. How many times do we have to check the box “I Am Not a Robot” when navigating cyberspace? The statement doesn’t specify if question means mechanical or philosophical. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Mayday Mayday. May 10th: "Israel said it struck dozens of Iranian targets overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war." (AP) These Israeli strikes... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Hypocrites. A powerful word. What would the US Congress do and say if IRGC snipers had gunned down some Friday-anti-government protesters in Kazeroun last week? How about if the incident was in Moscow? Or even Venezuela? Or in any country... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Thanks Cee and other responders for tracking down the Jonathan Institute history. Sent from my iPhone
Interesting. Would love to see the actual document from the archive in London. I recall that the Entebbe saga was very instrumental in launching Benjamin Netanyahu's career with US support. There was, after the incident, a non-profit organization created in the United States called The Jonathan Institute in memory of the older brother Netanyahu. Bibi was presented in various Washington DC circles as a hero (once-removed) in the fight against terrorism, and thus began his steady rise. The Jonathan Institute was pre-Internet, so it is hard to find information about it. Any pilgrims out there with long memories or hard copy mementos from the 1980s who can provide information? Thanks. Decameron.
As the AIPAC conference unfolds, providing a grand soapbox for Netanyahu, veteran Israeli journalist, Ronen Bergman, a veteran security affairs reporter provides a great expose of recent Israeli assassination operations. The Mossad at work against Iranian scientists. An excerpt: "The last component of Dagan’s plan—the targeted killing of scientists—was implemented by the Mossad on its own, since Dagan, according to several sources, including some high-ranking officials in the CIA, was aware that the United States would not agree to participate. The Mossad compiled a list of 15 key researchers as targets for elimination." And then, in 2007, it began.