Monthly Archives: December 2018

Call Him John

By lex, on July 5th, 2011

An AP report on the man who hunted Osama bin Laden ** through eight years and three CIA directors:

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A Good Op-Ed on the Mattis Resignation

Was in the WSJ today. According to them, James Mattis resigned after being blindsided by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria.

James Mattis is one of those men whose leadership style should be emulated by those wanting to be great leaders. Lex, who I think was also one of those rare leaders, admired James Mattis with an anecdote.

I’ve read today good arguments – pro and con, about Syria.

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Cross-Border Violence

By lex, on June 3rd, 2011

In a “chickens home to roost” event, a large number of Taliban militants crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan to engage in a firefight with local security forces, leaving at least 28 of the latter dead:

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‘Tis the Season

By lex, on December 20th, 2010

And we are prepared:

Two bottles Cabernet Sauvignon (Yellow Tail, Oz), two oranges (peeled and sliced), one half cup of brandy, 15 cloves, one and one-third cup honey, half a dozen cinnamon sticks, 2 teaspoons fresh ginger.

Combine all ingredients in a deep pot and warm gently – don’t let it boil! – stirring occasionally until blended and steamy.

Serves eight normal people, or four naval aviators.

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Check Six

By lex, on May 23rd, 2011

The Navy’s F-35C variant made its first air show appearance at Andrews AFB this weekend, prior to heading for the test range:

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Beware Doorstep Package Thieves

This little YouTube video has become viral with over 18 43 million reads. Just don’t anger this NASA engineer.

I couldn’t stop laughing.

 

H/T to CG-23 Sailor.

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Once Proud

By lex, on May 21st, 2011

Absence makes the heart grow fond in Iraq, where some citizens – including Shiites who were ruthlessly tyrannized under the ancien regime – are starting to miss Saddam Hussein:

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Breathing Life Into History

Breathing Life Into History

I have an appreciation of history, despite a number of teachers who did their best to quell it. Most teachers want the student to memorize names and dates. History becomes sterile. Those history teachers are legion.

We are where we are because of the past – some very small but consequential events, some cataclysmic.

And, one would think, that the subject of diplomatic history – the study of treaties – would be the most boring of all.

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Curious Choice

By lex, on May 7th, 2011

Amidst these discussions by Pakistani authorities over what to do with the house where Osama bin Laden spent his dying days, there was this little snippet:

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Energy Independence

Energy Independence

The 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo

For the last 50 years, we have had an unhealthy dependence for oil on the Middle East. Sometimes our interests have aligned, other times not. Countries act from their own interests.

In 1973, OPEC – the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries – had simply decided to not sell us oil, and we had a huge dependency on them *. I was trying to find the percentage and could not readily find it, although 40%  seems to come to mind.

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