Monthly Archives: March 2016

Two Systems

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." (from a Winston Churchill House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947) I was asked by one of our … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, government, Media, Politics | 18 Comments


  The Atlantic has just published a long essay, The Obama Doctrine, by their Washington national correspondent, Jeffrey Goldberg. Based in most part on wide-ranging reflective interviews with President Barack Obama, the article makes extensive use of direct quotes from … Continue reading

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Another Lesson from Moscow Washington Won’t Learn By Patrick Armstrong

  When the announcement of a partial withdrawal was made I was as surprised as anyone. I thought: Daesh is not been defeated, the threat of Ankara doing something extraordinary has not disappeared, the Syrian Army still needs air support … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, Syria, The Military Art | 39 Comments

Jackson Part Two By Richard Sale

         I think Pat’s choice of the times of Andrew Jackson as mirroring our own age of discontent was brilliant. I would like to add a few comments.      The rise of Andrew Jackson marked a new development … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, History, Politics | 17 Comments

Military Situation Overview in Syria, March 16, 2016 AMN/Southfront

  " … the SAA and its allies supported by a significant number of Russian warplanes which remain in Syria are continuing active actions against terrorists excluded from the ceasefire agreements. SouthFront also received information that Putin’s decision of the … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Turkey | 45 Comments

Change of policy for SST

I have reached the conclusion that the ongoing political process in the US is so important to the fate of all that I cannot maintain a ban on discussion of that process.  I regret the necessity.  pl

Posted in Politics, Ukraine Crisis | 83 Comments

“… Russians to start withdrawing from Syria…” Reuters

"President Vladimir Putin said on Monday "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, and instructed his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed in Geneva on ending the five-year … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, Syria | 161 Comments

Open Thread – 14 march 2016


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“What to do if we find life”

"So what would happen if we learned that there is microbial life on Mars, or that it has existed there in the past? Well it would only challenge everything we know. We would have to come to grips with not … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space | 39 Comments

And then there is this … SNL pl

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