There comes a time when one may not want to be reminded of this milestone, but it beats the hell out of the alternative. Happy birthday, brother. DOL


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  1. confusedponderer says:

    Happy birthday – live long and Prosper!

  2. LeaNder says:

    Happy Birthday, Pat.

  3. Ali Mirza says:

    Many happy returns sir

  4. Pat,
    Happy birthday ! All the best and keep up the good work … Your words cut through the PC lingo like a blade through butter. Just stay as sharp as you are.

  5. BabelFish says:

    Happy Birthday, Pat!

  6. SteveG says:

    Col Lang
    Enjoy your day.

  7. turcopolier says:

    Thanks TTG. “Farewell to the King” is a favorite of mine as is the French novel it is based on. Leroy is a great character. “These were the days of high adventure.” The scene in the long house in which the Dyaks sing “The Rising of the Moon” with their king gets to me every time. pl

  8. Tyler says:

    Happy Birthday, you old rogue. Here’s to many more.

  9. r whitman says:

    Happy birthday, youngster

  10. Aka says:

    A very happy birthday to you sir!

  11. Edward Goldstick says:

    Joyeux Anniversaire, Bonne Continuation, et Merci!

  12. phugh says:

    feliz cumpleaños!

  13. ex-PFC Chuck says:

    Best wishes on your birthday, Col. With this blog you’re doing at least as much good for the country as you did while working on the inside.

  14. McGee says:

    Happy Birthday Pat!
    Warm regards,
    P.S. the Boston Globe published an OpEd today on the TPP trade agreement by our own Chas. Freeman which might be worth a post of it’s own. Link is here:

  15. Brien J MIller says:

    Happy Birthday, Colonel. Thank you for a great site!

  16. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    Col. Lang,
    Many happy returns of the day. Happy Birthday.
    Ishmael Zechariah

  17. Jose L Campos says:

    Feliz cumpleaños.

  18. Valissa says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szMBnTBC4qU
    When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
    — Mark Twain
    Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
    — Jack Benny
    The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
    — English Proverb

  19. Larry Kart says:

    Happy Birthday! They’re still fun days, maybe even more so than ever.

  20. RetiredPatriot says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel.

  21. Jack says:

    Best wishes, Sir!
    And thanks for the insightful commentary.

  22. Nightsticker says:

    Colonel Lang,
    Best Wishes.
    USMC 65-72
    FBI 72-96

  23. FB Ali says:

    Happy Birthday! Here’s wishing you many, many more!

  24. Gatun Lake says:

    Happy Birthday and Best Wishes!

  25. Richard Sale says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Pat is a giver, a teacher, whose character is an inspiration.
    Live long pain free and prosper.
    Richard Sale

  26. Fred says:

    Happy birthday col.

  27. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Best wishes!

  28. Dismayed says:

    Happy Birthday, Col. Lang

  29. robt willmann says:

    And now, to spice things up a little….
    While on tour in Britain, as Stan Kenton began to introduce the next song, his big band suddenly began playing Happy Birthday to him, in a nice jazz version arranged by the great Bill Holman–
    To top it off, Happy Birthday presented as only the Fair Sex can–

  30. Mongoose says:

    A most Happy Birthday Colonel. Enjoy!

  31. Medicine Man says:

    Happy birthday, Mr. Lang.

  32. TomPM says:

    Happy Birthday, Colonel! Best wishes for many years to come!

  33. ISL says:

    Dear Colonel
    “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” – groucho
    Happy Birthday and thanks for SST!!!

  34. ‘Old soldiers never die – They simply fade away.’
    It has been an enormous help to many of us that you have not shown any disposition to ‘fade away’. Your have referred to the autobiography from which you have posted extracts as ‘So Long to Learn’.
    Hopefully the time may come when rather more of those who, unlike the members of his ‘Committee of Correspondence’, have access to the levers of power, grasp that it does pay to pay attention to understanding born of long and often bitter experience.
    Be that as it may, we can only hope for many more years in which those with intelligence enough to distinguish genuine insight and understanding from cheap imitations (as provided by Petraeus, Nagl, and so many civilian members of the ‘imbecile clerisy’ which has led us from one disaster to another) can derive instruction, and enjoyment, from SST.
    Happy Birthday!

  35. HankP says:

    Happy Birthday Col. Lang. Thanks for running one of the most interesting sites on the internet.

  36. Lord Curzon says:

    Many happy returns of the day Colonel. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!

  37. Croesus says:

    Happy Birthday Col. Lang.
    Live well and live long.
    Thank you for this site.

  38. anna-marina says:

    Happy Birthday, dear Colonel Lang!

  39. Kerim says:

    Happy birthday colonel!
    Wishing you continued good health and high spirits.
    Mabrouk ‘alik ya sheikh!

  40. optimax says:

    Happy birthday, Colonel.

  41. Basilisk says:

    All the best. It’s a long steep road to three quarters of a century.

  42. jonst says:

    You are, rightful, still being saluted Col! Happy Birthday!

  43. Thomas says:

    Happy Birthday Sir.

  44. J says:

    Best Birthday wishes to you Pat.

  45. J says:

    Best Birthday wishes to you Pat.

  46. Cee says:

    I don’t see any women in that crowd! No matter, have a happy and healthy birthday Col. Lang!

  47. turcopolier says:

    Watch the movie. pl

  48. Bobo says:

    Best Wishs on the day one looks back and reflects then one looks forward to the many more things to accomplish. You should be proud as you reflect as we all are proud of you. Happy Birthday.

  49. rst says:

    طيب وعقبال ١٠٠ سنة ان شاء اللهكل سنة وانت

  50. Cieran says:

    Happy Birthday, Colonel!
    And many thanks for creating the most informative corner of the Internet.

  51. GulfCoastPirate says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel and best wishes for many more.

  52. jerseycityjoan says:

    Best wishes for a Very Happy Birthday and a great year, Colonel Lang.

  53. MEP says:

    Hope you are sipping something long aged and mellow. Have a good one.

  54. Jose says:

    “Forget the past; look forward to the future, for the best things are yet to come.”

  55. fasteddiez says:

    Bon anniversaire! Je suis persuadée
    que vos amis et votre familie prendra sûrement un verre à votre santé.

  56. Farooq says:

    Happy birthday Colonel Lang!
    Let us imagine, folks at sens foundation( http://www.sens.org/ ) get their crazy rejuvenation schemes working and you find yourself 40 years younger biologically. How would you chart your future course from then onwards?

  57. nick b says:

    Happy birthday, Col. Lang! Thank you for all you do.

  58. David says:

    Happy Birthday and wishing you many more.

  59. SteveG says:

    Further more.

  60. SteveG says:

    We are all Sumerians now!!

  61. Stephanie says:

    Many happy returns of the day and thank you as always for your invaluable site.

  62. chantose says:

    Another year, deeper in wisdom, dearly won, and deeply appreciated. Adding my best wishes for many satisfying years to come.

  63. SteveG,
    Not to be a wiseass, but those gentlemen are Dyaks of Borneo… maybe backed up by a few blokes from Zed Force.

  64. kxd says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel!

  65. SteveG says:

    I was refering to my emoticons
    cuneiform hieroglyphs.
    We are back in Messopotamia
    whether we like it or not.
    Full circle??

  66. SteveG,
    Ahh, you got a point.

  67. kao_hsien_chih says:

    Belated happy birthday wishes to the Colonel!

  68. johnf says:

    Happy birthday, colonel.

  69. zanzibar says:

    Happy birthday, Pat! And best wishes for many, many more. The world needs your insightful voice.
    Thank you for creating this Committee. While I am in the minority here on the scale and scope of government, you have attracted some amazing correspondents from whom I learn much. I am in Italy now where I spend part of the summer and when I speak to my friends and neighbors here who complain about the incoherent policies of our government, I always tell them to spend some time to read your letters to get some perspective. I also tell them that while the majority of Americans do support these policies either out of partisanship, apathy or belief, there is a minority who wish to return to the values and principles of our founding ethos. And that the pendulum could swing back. IMO however, that can only happen after the current growth in government self-destructs, which will inevitably cause much pain to the average American citizen.

  70. Charles Dekle says:

    Col Lang,
    Happy birthday, sir. May you have many more.

  71. Imagine says:

    The depth of a soul is measured by meaning and purpose. May you continue to enjoy a deep life.

  72. SAC Brat says:

    How many stories are out there like “Farewell to the King”? There must be some from almost everywhere where a leader showed up. Who organized the Karen in Burma?
    Some Americans in WWII:

  73. DH says:

    Happy birthday, Colonel!

  74. Tunde says:

    Birthday greetings Col and many happier returns to come, sir.

  75. different clue says:

    Very belated I know, but happy birthday Colonel Lang. I hope you have as many more birthdays as you would like to have.
    Here is a short clip of a dog called “Cirqu dog Soleil”. I know you like dogs and I hope this is an enjoyable little gif.

  76. Laura says:

    Best wishes and thank you for all of your concern and care for our country.

  77. gnv377 says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel,
    Stay healthy, sharp and generous with your insights

  78. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel. Many happy, healthy returns of the day. May your pen ever be sharp.
    Ishmael Zechariah

  79. Degringolade says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel.
    I toast your health. If our paths should ever cross, the whiskey is on me.

  80. Ramojus says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel… Ilgiausių Metų
    In the words of Bob Dylan: “May you stay forever young”!

  81. MasterSlacker says:

    There was a reason morning came early – birthdays are great, yours are definitely a good thing.

  82. doug says:

    Happy birthday, fellow INTP and independent thinker.

  83. kxd says:

    Happy birthday Colonel!

  84. Dabbler says:

    Happy birthday, sir!! Here’s a link to a different version of the traditional song followed by the Swedish birthday song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j92wvrhWNxE

  85. Buzz Meeks says:

    Happy Birthday to you, I hope you have a memorable day today.
    Buzz Meeks

  86. ex-PFC Chuck says:

    Best wishes for a happy birthday, Colonel. And thank you for the urgently important work you are continuing to do.

  87. Kilo 4/11 says:

    Colonel, you are one of those rare ones I wish I had met, or at least read, much earlier in my life. May you and SWMBO continue hand in hand for at least as long as my eyes are able to read.
    Happy Birthday

  88. Swamp Yankee says:

    Felix natalis tibi, Colonel Lang!

  89. Lefty says:

    Happy Birthday Col, and thanks for all you have done and continue to do.

  90. AK says:

    Happy Birthday, Colonel. Thanks for the many years of insight and wisdom, the occasional gallows humor, and the constant truth. You’re a rare breed, indeed, sir.

  91. mauisurfer says:

    Yes indeed, happy birthday.
    Interesting you like “Farewell to the King”. Gerry Lopez played Gwai. He said the story was a real eye opener for him, as he had not realized that USA had betrayed Borneo natives with big promises, promptly forgotten as soon as war was finished.

  92. annamissed says:

    Happy B day Col. Lang!
    The blog has never been so important.

  93. johnf says:

    The older one gets, the saner one gets (sometimes).
    Happy birthday, and thank you for the great service this blog is to all of us.

  94. Ulenspiegel says:

    Die besten Wünsche zu Ihrem Geburtstag, Herr Oberst!

  95. MRW says:

    Moi aussi.

  96. MRW says:

    I second that.

  97. CaliHalibut says:

    Happy Birthday Pat

  98. TonyL says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel! Best wishes.

  99. kooshy says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel Lang, hope you will have many healthy more years

  100. Kunuri says:

    Happy Birthday Albayim, I feel lucky to have met you, and of course this community through you.

  101. MRW says:

    Hear! Hear!

  102. MRW says:

    I can only confirm all best wishes uttered above for your health and happiness. And thank you for this site.

  103. Sam Peralta says:

    Best wishes Col. Lang. Thank you for SST!!

  104. PVP says:

    Happy birthday Colonel Lang, your thoughts and efforts are appreciated than many more than have had the pleasure to meet you!

  105. David says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel
    and thanks.

  106. LG says:

    happy birthday, dear sir. may Allah grant you a long life.

  107. Jack says:

    Happy birthday, Sir!
    Appreciate your insight.

  108. Balint Somkuti, PhD says:

    I wish you a happy birthday, a long life and prosperity!

  109. Jov says:

    Срећан рођендан, господине пуковниче.

  110. PacificAdvocate says:


  111. Bill Herschel says:

    The blog is enhanced several thousandfold by its comments being moderated. And it’s necessary reading to begin with. Many happy returns.

  112. aleksandar says:

    S dniom rojdeniya

  113. Petrous says:

    Best wishes for your birthday.
    Along with the chance to thank you again for a superbly run blog.

  114. MartinJ says:

    Kull sena wa inta salim. ‘Uqbal 100 sena in sha Allah.

  115. Colonel – belated good wishes and thanks for what you’re doing.
    English Outsider

  116. James F says:

    God bless and happy birthday, Colonel. TTG, thanks for “Farewell to the King” screenshot.

  117. HDL says:

    Cheers, sir and may you have many more. And thanks for shining a light of reason thru the babble.

  118. Henshaw says:

    Happy belated Birthday pl. Wishing you many more years of health and good times. At a time when many put their feet up, you’re still powering ahead. congratulations.

  119. JMH says:

    I second that and this blog has helped me with the latter, merci!

  120. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Col. Lang:
    All the best wishes.

  121. turcopolier says:

    The native guerrilla fighters always expect more than they are ever likely to get. pl

  122. Eric Newhill says:

    Happy birthday Colonel Land and many more!
    Thank you for all you do.

  123. Jov says:

    Срећан рођендан, господине пуковниче.

  124. Annem says:

    Happy Birthday. I am sure that you are both older AND wiser!!!

  125. Jeannie Catherine says:

    Happy Birthday, Colonel Lang!!
    It is very true: your blog has never been so important.

  126. Eric Newhill says:

    shoot, sorry about misspelling of your name; autocorrect strikes again.

  127. Nightsticker says:

    Colonel Lang,
    Happy Birthday.
    USMC 65-72
    FBI 72-96

  128. The Porkchop Express says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel !

  129. DH says:

    Happy birthday, Colonel! Thanks for this site and all you do.

  130. JJackson says:

    Happy Birthday, and thank you. I know we try your patient sometimes, and running the site eats time, but it is very much appreciated. Enjoy the day!

  131. Tidewater says:

    Tidewater says,
    From ‘Clinton’s Secret Wars’ by Richard Sale: “Lang was invited to a meeting in the Oval Office on January 8, 1991…When it came his turn, Lang said…a war with this small country [Iraq] with its overdeveloped military and entrenched leadership would be long and difficult…
    When Bush [senior] replied that Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, and Saudi Ambassador Bandar were all telling him, “it will be a pushover,” Lang replied, “Sir, if I may say, that sounds to me like a collection of the ill-informed and self-serving.”
    Still going! Nothing outlasts the Energizer. Happy Birthday!, sir.”

  132. Vaclav Linek says:

    Dear Colonel Lang,
    I wish you a very happy birthday.
    Srdecne Zdravi,
    Vaclav Linek
    Ps. It roughly translates from the Czech
    as “a heartfelt wish for health”.
    PPs. I read your blog assiduously. Of
    the first 7 million or so hits your blog
    received, approximately half were mine :o)

  133. sid_finster says:

    Many years to you!

  134. J says:

    Happy Birthday!

  135. Mac says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel :)))

  136. Old Gun Pilot says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel. I’ll raise a glass of 12 year old to you this evening.

  137. John Minnerath says:

    Yes Sir old comrade, a happy Birthday to you.
    Mine rolls around again next month.

  138. Gene O. says:

    Happy birthday Pat, keep thinking like the young man that you are.
    Farewell to the King was a good movie despite the critical reviews at the time. But I always thought it could have been a great movie if Shoendoerffer had directed it.
    Unfortunately Hollywood always has to go with its own. A case in point is the film The Promise. How did tinsel-town ever come up with the idea of Guatemalan, French-Canadian, Croatian, Iranian and Spanish actors starring in a flic about the Armenian Genocide??? Plus they should have kept the script closer to Franz Werfel’s novel, Forty Days of Musa Dagh on which it was very loosely based.

  139. Patrick D says:

    Happy Birthday, Colonel!

  140. BillWade says:

    Happy Happy Borthday!
    Hopefully tying up the MSM trying to figure out what I mean.

  141. FB Ali says:

    Happy Birthday, Col Lang!

  142. Dr.Puck says:

    Happy birthday, Pat.
    Another spin around the sun…at around 67,000 miles per hour.
    be well!

  143. lucopter says:

    Happy birthday!

  144. Charles Michael says:

    I join the numerous followers of this great SST place, to adress
    Un Bon Anniversaire Monsieur Patrick Lang!

  145. chantose says:

    ‘So Long to Learn’
    Col. Lang, we thank you for your gentle instruction.
    Keep on teaching on— and many, many happy returns!

  146. Simplicius says:

    Ooops, late to the party. My very best wishes on your birthday Colonel.
    I discovered SST late too, but the enormous importance of SST and the rare qualities of it’s host are already obvious to me. May you enjoy this one and many more, sir.

  147. hans says:

    Happy birthday, of course – and a big Thank You for creating and maintaining this invaluable corner of sanity and earnest discussion.

  148. Thomas says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel.

  149. Sherry Long De Mandel says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel. Thanks for the blog.
    Sherry and Rob De Mandel

  150. Kerim says:

    Happy birthday colonel!
    Enjoy every second

  151. Happy Birthday Col Lang. I’ve learned a ton from reading your work, and appreciate all the work you do.

  152. rst says:

    Long may you reign!
    Lá breithe shona duit!
    And many thanks!

  153. Kunuri says:

    Happy Birthday Albayim, I posted way earlier but somehow it had not gone through as of my check now.
    I am happy to have met you through this site, and all the others who show up here.

  154. Kunuri says:

    One of my favorite war movies too, from a technical point of view, battle scenes in trenches some of the most realistic I had seen into the late 2000s. Been topped since here and there though…

  155. lally says:

    Happy Birthday, brave sir. With so much gratitude for your perseverance in keeping SST live!

  156. Kunuri,
    Your original greeting was posted. I did it myself. You probably just missed it among the overwhelming pile of best wishes and accolades for Colonel Lang. While I’m sure he appreciates our good wishes, I imagine it’s getting a little embarrassing.

  157. FB Ali says:

    I hope what he notes, in addition to the good wishes, is the gratitude expressed by so many for this website.
    Considering how much time and effort must be involved, he is doing us a tremendous favour in keeping it going. Sometimes it must seem too heavy a burden, but I hope the realization of how valuable this site is will make it all seem worthwhile.
    For many of us who are despairing of the United States, it keeps our hopes alive!

  158. Sans racines says:

    Happy Birthday Colonel!

  159. b says:

    Late to this party.
    Happy birthday Pat. May you, and your wife, live long and stay healthy.

  160. r whitman says:

    Happy birthday again, youngster

  161. YT says:


  162. Fred says:

    Happy birthday and many thanks to your efforts with the blog.

  163. PacificAdvocate says:

    “A man who approaches 100 years of age is like a naked child, [a person who] Heaven allowed [to be an ancestor that] nurtures a/their fourth generation.”

  164. kao_hsien_chih says:

    Belated happy birthday wishes to our gracious host!

  165. Stephanie says:

    Coming late to the party. Happy birthday and many happy returns, and thank you for your invaluable site.

  166. Mark Logan says:

    TTG, I believe birthday celebrations have been carefully crafted to be “a little embarrassing”, and right from the get-go.
    Happy birthday Pat! Best wishes for you and yours.

  167. Stumpy says:

    Colonel, happy birthday and thank you.

  168. YT says:

    My thanks for conveying my sincere wishes to the Col. [with that loose translation].
    I see you’ve gained much Aptitude in the lingua franca of us Chinks with your [extended] stay in Formosa – giving me renewed Respect for some of you Ang Moh…

  169. John_Frank says:

    A belated Happy Birthday Colonel. Many happy returns.

  170. Edward Goldstick says:

    Mieux vaut tard que jamais: Joyeux Anniversaire, Merci, et Bonne Continuation!

  171. Lord Curzon says:

    Many happy returns of the day, Colonel. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!

  172. Jackrabbit says:

    Happy belated.
    Best Wishes.

  173. hemeantwell says:

    Happy birthday, and may you have many more, shared with those you love!

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