Hasta Luego

I have had enough for now.  There will be nothing more from me until after Labor Day.  I will think about it then.  If you wsh to comment or post I will moderate or post your material if I like it. pl

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62 Responses to Hasta Luego

  1. meffie says:

    I always wondered how you kept up this blog, but for us to go cold turkey until Labor Day??? You have created a monster.

  2. Farmer Don says:

    I have had enough. Maybe later some time”?????
    Sarah Palin?
    The American public and Iraq?
    John Steinbeck?
    Col Lang!!?

  3. Steve says:

    Perhaps a retreat to the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani? What ever you do, I’m sure it will go well. Take care sir.

  4. Mongoose says:

    While I’m relucant to write on behalf of your loyal readers (who can speak for themselves), I must say that I, and no doubt others, much appreciate your intelligent and at times biting but fair commentary. Enoy the time away from SST and here’s to my hope that you do return post-Labor Day, refreshed and primed for even more incisive analysis. Que la fête commence.

  5. johnf says:

    Have a good holiday and return refreshed. You will be missed in your absence. And thank you for running this blog.
    (There is something wild and irrational and exhausting about the world – or the western world – at this moment).

  6. confusedponderer says:

    Enjoy your vacation from SST, Sir. Take care.

  7. JP says:

    How very French! I applaud your decision mon Coronel. I hope to see you return with renewed vigor, and oh, by the way, please finish the third Devereux book while you relax. I want to see how it comes out.

  8. Cieran says:

    Always glad to hear your thoughts, sir… even if they amount to “enough, already!”.
    Thanks for all that you do.

  9. R. Makinde says:

    Sir, thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom. I always enjoy coming here to learn. Thank you and have a great holiday.

  10. Abu Sinan says:

    I hope you start up again. You have one of the few intelligent and thoughtful blogs about foreign policy on the net.
    Good luck either way.

  11. 505th PIR says:

    Colonel Lang,
    It’s been a lasting grad- seminar led by the finest. You have been a compass in trying and confusing times. You have brought much meaning to this life’s experience. Well done and am looking forward to the turning of the leaves this Fall.
    Airborne All The Way Sir!

  12. Buzz Meeks says:

    Best wishes that your mini sabbatical goes well for you. It’s getting tougher for the indies to keep going on solo, so much mind numbing dreck to wade through. Billmon, Moon of Alabama, Cursor have all sadly hung it up. I hope you don’t decide to join them.
    Hope to see you back full of vim and vigor.
    Buzz Meeks

  13. jamzo says:

    thanks for your time and effort! enjoy yourself

  14. WILL says:

    “hasta luego”
    you are expanding my vocabulary again patron.
    from phrases.org.uk
    the more familiar hasta la vista in popular culture started in a song by Jody Wotley b/ hit popular culture big time in the Terminator
    “John Connor: No, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don’t say “affirmative,” or some shit like that. You say “no problemo.” And if someone comes on to you with an attitude you say “eat me.” And if you want to shine them on it’s “hasta la vista, baby.”
    The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
    John Connor: Yeah but later, dickwad. And if someone gets upset you say, “chill out”! Or you can do combinations.
    The Terminator: Chill out, dickwad.
    John Connor: Great! See, you’re getting it!
    The Terminator: No problemo. ”

  15. fanto says:

    unexpected blow in my solar plexus,

  16. charlottemom says:

    How convenient for me that your vacation schedule coincides with mine… I can relax knowing that I won’t be missing your postings.
    Enjoy your time away!

  17. Mark Gaughan says:

    pl, Have a nice summer.
    I hope that this stoppage of SST will not be permanent. I have learned alot from you. With you stopping and b at Moon of Alabama stopping I have lost my two favorite blogs – bummer.

  18. Sherry Long says:

    Colonel Lang:
    Thank you for running your blog. My husband and I have read you regularly now for some time. We appreciate your sharing your knowledge and insights on so many issues. We have learned so much from you and many of your thoughtful commentators. We have especially appreciated the numerous links posted by you and others that have enabled us to follow a subject more in depth. We are much better informed citizens because of following your blog.
    Your blog has been a wonderful learning experience for both of us.
    I hope that if you decide not to resume after Labor Day that you will consider a subscription service. What ever you decide we wish you and your family the very best.
    P.S. My husband says “Don’t let the bastards get you down!”

  19. McGee says:

    Thank you for creating and maintaining your incomparable site and of course for your service and intellect. Hope along with the rest of us that you do come back after Labor Day refreshed…if not, thanks again for the opportunity you’ve created at SST. You will be sorely missed.

  20. par4 says:

    Have a good time Col.

  21. Jose says:

    Col., rest and recoup but come back…don’t let the fifth columnist win…this blog is needed to counter the agenda…

  22. Ramojus says:

    Enjoy your rest and reflection and please come back refreshed

  23. Leanderthal says:

    Well I got through James Carroll’s respite, so I’ll get through yours, but with the same sadness when I wake up that there will none of your cogent, insightful, sensible and wise-from-experience thoughts to read.
    Bon chance, mon ami.
    Jusqu’a le temps proche,
    Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper, capecodlighthouse.blogspot.com

  24. J. says:

    Like everyone else, I’ll miss your pointed analysis – need it desperately to counter the pollyannish chatter from COIN enthusiasts over at CNAS. But hell I probably could use a few weeks/months off too… have a cold beer on me.

  25. John Minnerath says:

    Enjoy the break Colonel.
    The folks who frequent these pages will be pounding on your door to open up no doubt.

  26. joe h says:

    you have earned a break. Thanks for your insights.

  27. GR says:

    Colonel, you won’t be missed. I hope your vacation won’t end on Labor Day, you can wait ’til Christmas an d
    nobody will care.

  28. frank durkee says:

    Enjoy your break. Deep thanks for
    what you’ve brought for us to this point. I hope you do resume. This blog is a most useful counterpoint to much of the rest of the stuff out there.
    Vaya con Dios,
    Fr.Frank DURKEE

  29. Kieran says:

    It is rare to find comment of such intelligence, it is even rarer to find such a community of intelligent debate. Thanks for everything Colonel.

  30. Patrick Lang says:

    To quote A “New Yorker” cartoon, “On the internet nobody knows that you are a dog.” pl

  31. Fred says:

    Thanks for the insights Col.; if you make it to Michigan I’ll join you in a scotch (even though my doc will insist I have the water).

  32. Patrick Lang says:

    My wife thinks I should only take a couple of weeks off and you have convinced me that she is right. pl

  33. COL,
    I will sorely miss your insights and the conversations that result here on SST. But I greatly understand the simple need for a break – leave, if you will – from all of it.
    I hope its relaxing and restful. And that your fruitful in whatever it is you’ll do to keep yourself occupied. (For me, its the first vegetable garden in my career!)
    All the best and with the utmost regards,

  34. F B Ali says:

    Thanks, GR!

  35. sab says:

    Have a good summer. Please come back in the fall. Your voice is needed.

  36. batondor says:

    I’m not sure now whether I should thank you or your wife or even the inimical GR, so I’ll just wish you and your spouse a pleasant break…

  37. greg0 says:

    Vacations are not simply nice, they can be essential. I am currently taking a long vacation from cable and network news. My internet connection gives me a much wider selection of views. Not quite as wide without a daily reading of SST, however.

  38. zanzibar says:

    Thanks again for your reality based analysis and commentary as well as for providing a forum of learning with so many excellent contributors.
    Enjoy the summer – good beer and bbqs!
    As a Green Beret I know you will not allow the sobs to get to you. I look forward to your return and exposing them for what they are.

  39. Box Turtle says:

    May you have a restorative vacation and return with fresh vigor. The work you do here is important. Please continue.

  40. By Labor Day plenty of meat will be available for the Lion of Sic Semper Tyrannis!
    Distance from daily blogging may really result in some interesting material. Who knows?
    What I still see over and over is that the US leadership both civil and military thinks it is control and in charge and events are in hand. By Labor Day suggest that might be refuted for all time. No end to history.

  41. David Habakkuk says:

    Uncharacteristically, I had not checked in to SST for a couple of days, so I have only just seen your announcement of your holiday.
    While we can all appreciate that you badly need a break, I hope that you will feel able to take your wife’s advice, and make it closer to two weeks than six.
    Your wisdom will be missed — also the opportunity this blog affords to talk, with civility, about so many matters of crucial importance, with people of backgrounds and beliefs very different from one’s own.

  42. bruno barsoum says:

    Plenty more of us out here who read your analysis and not comment.
    We await your return.
    Have a pleasant time off.

  43. Hawk Of May says:

    I am much more of a lurker than active participant but this is blog is one of the few that I always read. I appreciate your insight and commentary.
    Enjoy your summer and hopefully we will see you refreshed and posting again in the fall.
    Hawk Of May

  44. Sidney O. Smith III says:

    To borrow three lines from a song by the band the Who,
    When you hear this sound a-comin’,
    Hear the drummers drumming,
    I want you to join together with the band…
    So I too join the SST chorus. People can say what they want, including “GR“, but Col. Lang’s military tradition out of VMI is serving out nation better than any other. And after seeing and listening to all the talking heads on the television, it helps tremendously for folks like myself to see a tradition that will not sell out the American people. Plus, of course, the SST informs as no other.
    So I, along with others, greatly appreciate Col. Lang taking the road less traveled. I am amazed he has given us as much time as he has, and I look forward to more of the same, if he so chooses.

  45. RB says:

    Thanks again for running this blog. Always interesting and challenging to read. All good things come to an end, eventually.

  46. dmnolan says:

    Uh oh,
    First, Moon of Alabama and now SST. Where will we all go?

  47. ThomasG says:

    I can’t wait for you to get back. I have always found your analysis to be interesting.

  48. Jay McAnally says:

    I second all of the voices above. I look forward each day to your trenchant observations, and my coffee tastes a bit sweeter once I’ve reviewed them. But you deserve a life too; I’ve tried maintaining a blog and I know how taxing it can be.
    I hope you come back after Labor Day, but if you decide to “hang ’em up,” mucho gratias, for all that you’ve contributed to my understanding of the world.

  49. GSD says:

    Col. Lang,
    Enjoy your time off.
    See you in the fall.

  50. Ingolf says:

    A bientot, Colonel. Thanks for all you’ve done here and enjoy your break, however long it turns out to be.

  51. parvati_roma says:

    With deepest respect and appreciation: thank you for all your illuminating postings and for the vast amount of the time and effort you have devoted to maintaining this excellent blog, Colonel. Wishing you every satisfaction and enjoyment during your more than well-deserved break – but please don’t abandon your devoted readership: like so many others here, I’ll be counting the days until your return.

  52. Nightsticker says:

    Colonel Lang,
    OK. A little R&R. Then after
    Labor Day-
    “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”.
    USMC 65-72
    FBI 72-96

  53. Jackie says:

    Fifty-three comments and one won’t miss you? It looks like pretty compelling evidence you will be missed, whether it is two weeks or until Labor Day.

  54. khars says:

    Your insights will be sorely missed. I have learned so much from you and your commentators.
    Please come back but if that’s not on your agenda, best wishes for whatever you do next.

  55. rjj says:

    What about binging on frivolity? A change is as good as a rest.

  56. rjj says:


  57. G Hazeltine says:

    The curious thing about this blog is that it shows that in the important things what is generally understood as ‘political position’ makes almost no difference. Clarity of vision, deep integrity, and actually knowing something about the issue under discussion deliver views that transcend political categories.
    As an unreconstructed pacifist leftist of about Col. Lang’s age, I will very much miss his thoughts.

  58. VietnamVet says:

    Please come back refreshed and ready.
    Reality has just as hard of a time shining through the claptrap now as it did in the past.

  59. Charles I says:

    Thanks for it all Pat, and all the rest, somebody called it a graduate seminar,I think?
    I learned an awful lot here from some very broad minds, though I tapped out a lotta angry gibberish near Mom’s end there. You go away I’ll miss you like school and a drug all in one, so thanks to GR and your wife. But go ahead, take till September, there’s no web at the cottage.
    You’ve challenged me intellectually, morally. At times I think my respect for your country was sustained by it throwing up the likes of you to “carry on the VMI tradition of service . . . “.
    Above and beyond, Pat.
    Your exemplar forced me to trade stereotype for respect so the experience certainly left me a better person, beyond the intellectual caliber of the talent here.
    Thanks for everything. I hope you’re here in September.

  60. Jon T. says:

    John F. said it for me.
    So information glutted, speed obsessed et al is our culture that I seldom read news and this is the only blog I read with any consistency. Thank you for your candor and insight.
    May your days be peaceful, contented, prosperous and should you choose to do this some more, I look forward to that.
    Meanwhile I am listening to Isis, by Shakti – John McClaughln and Zakir Hussain and friends – and the rain falls again.

  61. ISL says:

    Dear Colonel,
    Although there are many blogs/websites I visit regularly for quick news sources, yours is the only one where I ever read, nay, specifically look forward to reading, the comments.
    I hope after a respite, you feel the benefits of hosting this “community of correspondence” outweighs the negatives.
    Respectfully yours

  62. J. A. Connor says:

    We’ll miss ya! Enjoy the rest and come back soon.

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