Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
We the people, Baby!
And may God Almighty continue to bless this great land!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Intolerance: incapacity or indisposition to bear or endure
There is cause for rejoicing.
Monday, October 25, 2010
And as for Juan Williams, I wish him well. Not many of us are rewarded for our brutal honesty; and certainly not to the tune of a two million dollar labor contract.
The Mardin Conference
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I have not read "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture" by Ishmael Jones. But in a quote e-mailed to the AP, Mr. Jones includes this statement:
"CIA censors attack this book because it exposes the CIA as a place to get rich, with billions of taxpayer dollars wasted or stolen in espionage programs that produce nothing," Jones said. "Despite the talented work force, more than 90 percent of employees now live and work entirely within the United States where they are largely ineffective, in violation of the CIA's founding charter."
If his assertions are true then a few questions linger at the corners of my mind.
There is a flat dimension to technology in that no matter how many layers of information are added, the picture might be flawed and incomplete without HumInt. If we are spending millions of dollars to train C.I.A. agents who remain on sovereign soil tapping on laptops and doing analysis of satellite photos whilst never moving further than from desk to the coffee shop funding is being grossly misused. The analogy might be that of training a crack Air Force pilot and then assigning him to be the conductor of a trolley in San Francisco.
What about the fear factor? Minus fear, the profile of a cunning warrior/agent is an illusion. Minus personal sacrifice, what need for an oath which binds to service?
If the ninety percent employed on U.S. soil are trained in the art of espionage to highest level while being satisfied with retaining stagnant secrets with little operational value is it a travesty? And since cultural immersion cannot be learned from reading a book do the resident experts actually have expertise in their area of influence or are they paper tigers?
Is there a lack of willingness to keep the oath even if it hurts, sacrifice to the point of giving life and limb for mission, or willingly live in constant discomfort in a regional hotspot with an outer shell of daily fear? Does the CIA only smell the fear from afar now or have they bottled the molecular sweat to spray on their collars within the halls of corporate comfort? The elephant can't dance.
The Human Factor
Friday, October 22, 2010
The Dervish House
The Arab of the Desert
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008
Imamate and Leadership
Published in the city of Qom, one of the two strong bastions of Shi'a religious thought, the counterpart being Najaf in Iraq. This is classic Ahl-ul-Bayt writing. I don't recommend it minus a background understanding of the differences between Sunni and Shi'a doctrinal issues.
The author presents a heartfelt story of the life of Iranian women born into aristocracy riding the winds of change as misfortune and modernization, corrupt government and revolutionary zeal, consumed a nation.
My current reading stack includes two additional selections. Thank God for friendships and outside influences to keep me from becoming insufferably boring! smile
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
"GOP in Lead in Final Lap"
President Obama has done his best with his teleprompter wizard. He has overextended himself in the comfortable community activist role, hence the vote-killing judicial opinion on gays in the military immediately prior to the election.
The Lollipop Kids are still trying to dance. I am not buying it. See you at the polls.
The other guys
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Where would we be now?
Yeah, baby! Enjoy!
So, Yeah baby! Enjoy the music. smile
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Is the Pentagon ready for this Pandora's Box?
LCDR Tammy Swofford, USNR, NC
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
"The reason for these attacks is that I am Muslim and I call to Islam."
It is time we demand a legislative shield. Follow my lead!
_Force Protection in the Non-Lethal World_ LCDR Tammy L. Swofford, USNR, Marine Corps Gazette, July 2005, pp. 50,51
*Can restrictions actually protect the right to freedom of expression for the greater responsible societal mass?
The final blog may surprise you. Please consider my thoughts.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Just a little break between posts to send the flag up. Al-Qaida in Yemen just released their second English edition e-magazine "Inspire". I am sure it will inspire me as I read it.
Tomorrow - a continuation of "Operation Active Denial", a discussion on legislative changes needed to counteract the ideological jihad flank. Feel free to hide your head in the sand. I prefer face forward and eyes wide open.
It is time to quit spitting on the fire.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Profile: American citizen Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki
Follow my lead!
Assassin's Creed I: eFactories of Hatred
LDCR Tammy Swofford, USNR, NC
Saturday, October 09, 2010
The International Assistance Mission lost three female humanitarian aid workers returning from a project providing eye care to the indigenous poor of Afghanistan. Cheryl Beckett, Daniela Beyer and Dr. Karen Woo died alongside other members of their international team.
Beautiful women. Compassionate women. Courageous and paying the price of their convictions. Why do women who live in relative safety move outside of their comfort zone to travel or live in conflict-ridden regions? Why did Dr. Woo risk it all when her next big event was her forthcoming marriage and the start of a family?
I think there is an unseen set of bookends in existence within the universe. They are called by the names Light and Darkness. And in between both worlds reside the mass called humanity. Those who choose to move with compassion give birth to courage. And from the best within the bundle of the living is the seed which falls to the ground and dies. From death springs renewed life. May the hope and vision these women dispensed remind each of us of the choices we face. Life or death? Good or evil? Choose. It is in your hand to make a difference.Margaret Hassan
Thursday, October 07, 2010
We ask the wrong questions of course.
* Question: Do the poor have the right to a sugary, possibly carbonated drink?
*Can a person live the sum total of their life without a sugary drink?
* Question: Should tax dollars subsidize the growing epidemic of childhood diabetes?
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
But when corruption marries cruelty, as will be the end result in Afghanistan, what will be the eventual fate of Pakistan?
Monday, October 04, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
If video releases count for "operational tempo" then the cadence is quickening a bit. May we all remain safe, the scoundrels caught, and prayers be answered.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Here's to you, Adam.
*As an editorial addendum, it is interesting to note that the second release of a video by Osama bin Laden in as many days is now showing with both Arabic and translation to the language of the camp. (Urdu, which is spoken in Pakistan) Oct. 2, 2010