Monthly Archives: June 2013


After years of capitulation to greater and greater Executive Branch encroachment on Congressional authority, a growing number of Representatives and Senators are finally standing up to the Obama Administration and rejecting the President's plans to arm the Syrian rebels and … Continue reading

Posted in government, Harper, Policy, Syria | 28 Comments

“Seeking compromise, not chaos, in Egypt” Good Luck!

"The Morsi government has done much to generate this ill-advised militancy. Breaking promises to seek consensus with secular and opposition forces, it forced through a new constitution and has been trying to impose its control over the judiciary, media and … Continue reading

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The Nicest Sense of Personal Honor – TTG

Qualifications of a Naval Officer  It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner. He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more. He should be as well a … Continue reading

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“The Priceless Lesson” By Richard Sale

The demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil have stirred to life a lot of half-buried memories. It was the late summer of 1968. I was a new reporter at LIFE Magazine and had been living with a 4,500 member black gang … Continue reading

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“Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere” Kieran Healy

"I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the new-fangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty enjoyed … Continue reading

Posted in government, Intelligence | 27 Comments

There should be a much smaller Detroit

"And it shows: According to Mr. Orr’s report, Detroit has more than 78,000 vacant structures, 66,000 vacant and blighted lots, thousands of non-functioning street lights and a demoralized police force that takes nearly an hour, on average, to respond to … Continue reading

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“Syria and Egypt can’t be fixed” by Spengler in Asia Times "It took nearly two years for the chattering classes to take stock of Egypt's economic disaster. The New York Times' Thomas Friedman, the benchmark for liberal opinion on foreign policy, gushed like an adolescent about the tech-savvy activists of … Continue reading

Posted in Egypt, Syria | 49 Comments

“… Kerry: Syria urgently needs solution” Politico

 “That is a very, very dangerous development,” Kerry said. “Hezbollah is a proxy  for Iran. … Hezbollah in addition to that is a terrorist organization.”  Politico ————————————- Kerry can best be described as a primitive in foreign policy thinking. Iran … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Middle East, Syria | 49 Comments

“Shiite Enclaves North of Aleppo Becoming Staging Grounds for Hezbollah’s Next Offensive” Terrorism Monitor

    "Rebel control over large sections of the region of Aleppo provides it with a strategic rear and interior lines of communication from southern Turkey. The disruption of rebel held areas of the northern Aleppo governorate, particularly its logistics … Continue reading

Posted in Syria, The Military Art | 32 Comments

In Syria, the patient was smoking all his life – Yusuf al-Misry

The declared objective of the administration from its decision to arm the Syrian rebels is to recalibrate the balance of power on the ground in order to facilitate a negotiated settlement. That sounds good so far as it remains on … Continue reading

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