Will his Next Medal be a Red Star?
During the American Civil War there arose a class of General Officers on the side of the Union who achieved their rank not on the merit of military accomplishment or even by training but rather by knowing highly placed politicians. These men were awarded a rank in quid pro quo agreements with their political patrons. Many of these Generals proved incompetent and military failures. Others were borderline criminal in their negligence or actually criminal in the misuse of government funds.
The point is that no matter how incompetent or crooked, or weak, or stupid these individuals were not one of them promised to telegraph Robert E Lee and let him know if he was about to be attacked. Because to do so would be beyond incompetent, stupid, or even run-of-the-mill criminal it would be treasonous.
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty” – Thomas Jefferson
American Foreign Political Missteps
(zerohedge). The Taliban says it found over $6 million in cash and at least 15 gold bars when it raided the home of a longtime Afghan national politician, Amrullah Saleh.
I’ll let you read the article. I have uncharitable thoughts about the US Administration and agencies that dispense palates of cash and gold to “build nations” and curry favor.
While I don’t completely disagree with the practice of paying off tribal warlords and even local politicians in order to ensure some degree of stability and peace for the US occupation. You have to ask yourself why the leadership of this goat-f%ck kept the practice up for an entire generation. It goes from being a short-term strategic payment to bridge a situation to an endless nightmare of buying loyalty in a place where you’re hated. You buy temporary acquiescence and not love.
The missteps by US politicians have been legendary, exemplary was an abortive attempt by then SECSTATE Hillary Clinton to buy back Stinger MANPADS from the terrorists that the State Department delivered them to in Libya/Benghazi. Chris Stevens arrived to “negotiate” after letting it be known that he arrived with gold. It turned into a heist.
The US State Department tried to spin it in every way possible to hide the bungling and since the Stingers came out of US Army Inventory at Clinton’s insistence instead of the CIA inventory, the Army was in no mood to help. All it would do is make them look bad too and if dead men tell no tales, so be it. Generals got more stars and retired to consult with the military-industrial complex.
Independence in Sub-Saharan Africa The end of colonial rule in Africa created a power vacuum that ultimately led to a wave of dictatorships and authoritarian regimes in the region.
The Swedes – Peddling the CB90 NG to the UK
I’m not trying to say what the British should or should not buy, but I’d take a hard pass on this one if I was the Admiralty. I have nothing against Saab or boats in general. The possibility of this boat being used in any military operation in the future is somewhere around zero.
“But if the heathens attack?”
“It’s London, the Muslims have occupied and taken the city in much the same way as the Turks have taken Berlin and the Mexicans have taken California…”
The anecdote of Alexander the Great on meeting Diogenes…
“Thereupon many statesmen and philosophers came to Alexander with their congratulations, and he expected that Diogenes of Sinope also, who was tarrying in Corinth, would do likewise. But since that philosopher took not the slightest notice of Alexander, and continued to enjoy his leisure in the suburb Craneion, Alexander went in person to see him, and he found him lying in the sun.
Diogenes raised himself up a little when he saw so many people coming towards him and fixed his eyes upon Alexander. And when that monarch addressed him with greetings and asked if he wanted anything, “Yes,” said Diogenes, “stand a little out of my sun.”
It is said that Alexander was so struck by this, and admired so much the haughtiness and grandeur of the man who had nothing but scorn for him, that he said to his followers, who were laughing and jesting about the philosopher as they went away, “But truly if I were not Alexander, I wish I were Diogenes.”
Plutarch, Alexander 14
It’s Time for Tanks!
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