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November 21, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 21, 2014

As part of my professional triage I will dispense with the natural, accidental and intentional antecedents for each Friday.  Starting next week I will just launch the post.

Bill Cumming — the originator of the Friday Free Forum — has suggested making some regular place for homeland security book reviews.   It seems to me Friday comments would be a good place.  A three sentence introduction, a positive or negative personal judgment, and a link to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publisher would be great.

Over the last ten days I have had several meetings where regular readers of HLSWatch have introduced themselves.  All claimed to value the blog.  Even more impressive, each quoted from memory the principal themes of recent posts by Chris, Arnold or me.

Even for our less-than-mass-market readership, I did not hear from a statistically significant sample.  But I noticed when roughly four out of five also referenced a real regret that conversations were so seldom able to get going.

The whole field of homeland security missed an opportunity when earlier this year an effort here to host a meaningful discussion of the QHSR failed.  People were listening.  We did not advance the conversation.

So as I prepare to recede a bit over the next few weeks, I will offer:

  • Every post benefits from thoughtful questions
  • Every post benefits from real-world stories that confirm or challenge the post
  • Most comments benefit from being read and questioned or challenged or reconfirmed
  • Self-restraint, as in staying on topic and hoping for the good faith of another, is an attractive and constructive habit
  • Conversations unfold when a thought is heard, meaning is confirmed (not yet challenged), alternatives are politely offered, alternatives are heard and confirmed… you know the method.

In my experience real conversation requires real vulnerability.  To further explicate, below is a poem.

The backstory for this poem is relevant.  Last March I facilitated a multi-jurisdictional, private-public homeland security exercise. This was the culminating event for a process that had been underway for over a year. One of the public sector participants was inserted at the last minute. For almost everyone else this was the third (or more) event in a series.  We had already dispensed with a lot of dogma.  She arrived still believing in some federal processes that the private sector had previously persuaded the public sector participants were time-sinking dysfunctions.  I shut her down much too quickly and with a tone that was much too harsh.

Writing this poem was part penitence, part personal AAR.

Words rush forth untethered
Inflating this space between us
Where quiet might have

condensed our difference

Remaining asymmetrical
But also fully tangible
Undeniably actual
A warm body
Liquid eyes

Hearts contracting
Next expanding
Two independent
Yet syncopated rhythms
Rising to the same coda

Words can distance with
Anger disgust or fear
Disinterest irrelevance
Self-involved tedium
Pretentious posturing

Before I say anything
May I hear see touch
Taste feel the reality
Of you, the adventure
Of being here with you

Then may I choose
Words you will hear
As sure evidence
You have been heard

Words that even in
Disagreement
Listen with love

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 21, 2014 @ 7:00 am

Thanks Phil for the post and invite. Glad people who read the blog spoke up! Did you know GOOGLE collects permanently all blog posts and comments?

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 21, 2014 @ 7:05 am

You must buy the book from Amazon to post a book review. I did so with the following title and you don’t have to buy the book to read the posted reviews:

PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE FOR CATASTROPHIC DISASTERS [2013}

Authored and Editor: Rick Bissell
CRC Press

Comment by Mark Eppin

November 21, 2014 @ 10:42 am

Mr. Palin, Did you give your poem to the public official?

Comment by Donald Quixote

November 21, 2014 @ 11:26 am

A ping back to the below posting may be a valuable reference for those who missed the enjoyable discussion:

June 26, 2014

QHSR: Translating the archetypes (especially anima/animus)
Filed under: Response, Private, Resilience, Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on June 26, 2014

On the topic of important books that may be relevant to homeland security strategy and the identification of significant agents of change, I continue to strongly recommend one on the great military strategist John Boyd of OODA Loop fame by Robert Coram. The book (2002) is rather dated for a review, but it is quite gratifying for those do not wish to travel the path of least resistance for critical issues and acceptance of failure to get along.

http://www.amazon.com/Boyd-The-Fighter-Pilot-Changed/dp/0316796883

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 21, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

Mr. Eppin: In the hotwash I offered a public apology, but the harm had already been done. I have not shared the poem. Unfortunately, an older man giving a younger woman a poem strikes me as risky, no matter how innocent the intent.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 21, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

Donald Quixote: Thanks for reminding us. By the way, I don’t think the quality of our discussion was lacking, but the number of participants was not sufficient to seriously impress.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 21, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

HELLO BUFFALO! Blasting from the PAST!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Is the New FEMA prepared for ICE STORMS and Energy Outages?

There once was a time when snow and ice were not the subject of disaster declarations. In fact the Fire, flood, or explosion litany of the disaster legislation often seemed to not even include those hazards. Snowstorms have now been added.

The current definition reads:

“Major disaster” means any natural catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado,
storm, high water, winddriven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic
eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought), or, regardless of cause, any
fire, flood, or explosion, in any part of the United States, which in the determination
of the President causes damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant
major disaster assistance under this Act to supplement the efforts and available
resources of States, local governments, and disaster relief organizations in
alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby.”

Thus icestorms and energy outages are not specifically listed unless accompanied by one of the listed hazards or the specifically named ones–fire, flood or explosion. And of course radiological releases and terrorist attacks are also not specifically listed or generically listed.

Well it will be interesting to see exactly what FEMA and DHS do in the event of a prolonged icestorm or energy outage or even what their plans and capabilities are in fact. A large ice storm in KY last winter has resulted in an outpouring of disaster largess and surely this was partially the result of efforts by the long serving Congressman from KY Fifth Congressional District now chair of the House Appropriations Committee in the forthcoming 112th Congress.

Not relying on FEMA documentation of capability (there is little to rely upon) but open source materials on other agencies including the Department of Energy a mass and long term outage of power in a major metropolitan area–I would argue the top 500–would result in deaths and damages that would or should qualify this for major disaster status. Perhaps in the South and West, as both FRANCE and Russia have now experienced, heat wave deaths in unairconditioned shelter can be devastating to URBAN populations.

So suggesting that these situations be added to the planning scenarios and any statutory issues be addressed in the 112th Congress.

Winter now but yes with the winter solstice arriving summer now the solstice after next.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all.

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 21, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

Border Security Paperback – by James R. Phelps (Author), Jeffrey Dailey (Author), Monica Koenigsberg (Author)

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 21, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

As Nadav Morag researched literature for the Comparative Government for Homeland Security course he team teaches, he discovered a dearth of comprehensive research on the topic.

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security faculty member remedied that shortcoming by writing the recently released “Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons” (Wiley Press, October 2011), which is part of Wiley Series in Homeland and Defense Security edited by Ted Lewis.

The goal of the work was to study best practices and the manner in which other nations conduct homeland security policy.

“This is the first book of its kind,” Morag said. “There are other books out there that deal with other countries in the context of narrow aspects of homeland security, but nobody wrote a book that looks across the whole spectrum of issues or across as broad a range of countries.”

All too often homeland security is viewed through a domestic lens. Morag analyzes homeland security approaches from nations such as Great Britain, Israel, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Italy and others by taking on commonly accepted homeland security issues from immigration and border security to public communication and disaster response.

He does not suggest that other nations are necessarily always better at developing security policy and, in fact, notes that there are plenty of things other nations can learn from the United States (which he does not address in the book as there are a range of other books that focus exclusively on the United States). However, he believes policy makers in the United States would be well-advised to take note of nations that are grappling with similar issues and his intended reading audience is primarily American.

“It’s inconceivable American policy makers can plan homeland security strategies without looking to other countries,” Morag said. “Despite the somewhat misleading term ‘homeland’ security, homeland security does not start within our borders. Obviously part of homeland security is prevention. You have to know what is being done overseas to prevent the threats, be they terrorism, pandemics, large-scale crime or other threats from coming to us.”

Moreover, Morag hopes universities and colleges will embrace comparative studies and include a course such as the one taught at CHDS in their programs.

In breaking ground on this topic, a research challenge was gaining access to information from countries that don’t have the same kind of government transparency of Western nations such as the U.S. and Great Britain. There was also a language barrier.

Morag said future editions are likely as policies and threats are ever-evolving.

“Homeland security is constantly changing,” Morag observed. “Countries are passing new laws and new strategies and additional information is becoming available. This is a dynamic field that is constantly evolving.”

Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470497149
ISBN-13: 978-0470497142

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 21, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

A Deal With

Two Devils

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT |

November 18

Nothing better showcases Washington’s confusion over foreign policy than the idea that—as part of a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal—Iran would ship much or all of its enriched uranium to Russia, and Russia would then process it for Iranian civilian usage.

Were the U.S.-led “P5+1” negotiators… to reach a deal with Iran with this provision, the United States would subjugate its national security and that
of its allies to two U.S. adversaries, both of which are undermining U.S.
interests around the world. In addition, Washington would further
legitimize Tehran and Moscow as good-faith actors that adhere to global
norms and can be valuable partners with the United States, all evidence to
the contrary notwithstanding.

The proposal for Iran to ship its enriched uranium to Russia, which is under consideration in the negotiations that restart this week and face a November 24 deadline, is designed to assure the world that Iran cannot quickly upgrade its enriched uranium to a nuclear-grade level in a quick race to a bomb. That the United States can trust Iran and Russia to play it straight, however, seems naive at best.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 21, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

Iran Threatens to Flood Gaza With ‘Millions’ of Iranian Fighters
INN | November 19

The head of Iran’s Basij paramilitary force has claimed it is raising an army of “millions” to flood Gaza and Syria to support Tehran’s allies.

Fars, Iran’s semi-official newspaper, reported … Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij paramilitary force, as saying: “Millions of Basijis (vol- unteer forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza, and they have come to us (for registration).”

Iran’s Basij forces are much feared inside the country and known for their brutality in quashing anti-government dissent. They were highly utilized during Iran’s violent re- pression of the student protests in the wake of the Iranian elections of 2009.

Thousands of Iranian volunteers—mostly tied with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards force—are already reportedly fighting alongside pro-regime forces in Syria, where Iran is attempting to forge a Syrian Hezbollah composed of Shia Islamist foot soldiers.

Brigadier General Naqdi’s threat to inundate Gaza, and even Judea and Samaria if possible, with Iranian militia- men comes on the heels of Iran’s Supreme Leader Khame- nei’s call to arm the “West Bank just like Gaza.”

In fact, Brigadier General Naqdi himself elaborated on Iran’s plans to arm its Hamas and Islamic Jihad allies in the West Bank just as it has in Gaza stating that: “The most serious job is that they need to receive the necessary train- ing and skills; as today, Gaza has its own defensive industry and they have stood on their feet, we also try to implement the same plan in the West Bank, God willing.”
In July 2014, after the recent 50-day Hamas-Israel conflict, Ayatollah Khamenei first publicly emphasized that, “We believe the West Bank, too, should be armed just like Gaza, and those who are interested in the fate of the Palestinians must work in this respect so that the pains and miseries of the Palestinian people will be decreased due to their mighty hands and the weakness of the Zionist enemy.”
Since Khamenei’s call to arm terrorists in Judea and Samaria, numerous other Iranian military leaders have publicly repeated the Iranian supreme leader’s directive to “arm the West Bank just like Gaza.” …

Although threats to send “millions” of volunteers to Gaza to fight Israel are little more than bluster, it—along with threats to accelerate efforts to arm terrorists in Judea and Samaria—highlights a serious flaw in the conventional “wisdom” that a “two-state solution” will lessen the Palestinian demographic problem presented to Israel by maintaining the status quo. .

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 21, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

Trumpet 2012 – G Flurry Editor-in-Chief:

Crafty Counsel

Read the prophecy in Psalm 83: “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones” (verses 1-3).

This foretells of an alliance that will take crafty counsel against God’s people, which is referring to Israel. These verses are talking about the modern descendants of the 12 tribes of biblical Israel. Do you know who those are? The modern Jewish state of Israel is only one of those tribes—Judah.

In biblical prophecy, “Israel” refers especially to the birthright nations that descended from Joseph: Ephraim and Manasseh. Those descendants are Britain and the United States. Other prophecies show that the fates of these three major nations of Israel—the U.S., Britain, and the Jewish nation—are all aligned. Where Psalm 83 says this alliance is “against thy people,” it means Germany and its Middle Eastern allies are targeting the Americans, the British and the Jews in the Middle East.

But notice: There is also a plot against God’s “hidden ones,” which other translations render as treasured or sheltered ones. This refers to God’s faithful people, spiritual Israel, His true Church. They are embedded right in the midst of all these prophecies to ensure God has somebody He can use to reveal to the world His message about what is happening!

YOU ARE READING THAT MESSAGE RIGHT NOW!

God uses His people to show the world what is going to happen before it happens. He uses them to proclaim a message of how these catastrophes could be avoided. Sadly, the world pays them little attention, and it will continue to ignore God’s message until circumstances get a lot more horrific.

The evil purpose of this alliance is revealed in verse 4: “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”

The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has publicly stated that Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map. What is revealed in Psalm 83 is an even more diabolical plot by a different alliance: They want to obliterate even the NAME of Israel—forever!

“For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee,” the prophecy continues. Then it lists which peoples comprise the alliance: “The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.”

You must know who the modern descendants of these peoples are in order to understand just how timely and relevant this prophecy is: “Edom” is Turkey; “the Ishmaelites” are Saudi Arabia; “Moab” and “Ammon” both refer to Jordan; “Gebal” is Lebanon. The Hagarenes anciently dwelt in the land known today as Syria.

The only one listed here that lies outside the region is “Assur,” which is Germany. Germany is the POWER behind this alliance! In principle, this is how Germany started World War I and World War II. (Request our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for more information.) It is using the same old modus operandi.

Right now, Bashar Assad’s Syria is closely allied with Iran—but this prophecy shows that these two nations are about to split. This will have a domino effect on other nations. These events will really shake this world and dramatically alter the course of history!

Dramatic Changes Ahead

This prophecy in Psalm 83 reveals a tremendous amount about what we can expect to see in the time ahead—including some dramatic changes!

GEBAL, MODERN-DAY LEBANON, IS HOME TODAY TO THE IRANIAN TERRORIST PUPPET HEZBOLLAH. WE CAN EXPECT IT TO ALSO SWITCH ALLEGIANCE!

Even now Germany has naval ships just off the coast of Lebanon. Why should it be so concerned about what’s happening in that part of the world? It is all part of Germany’s global strategy.

This prophecy also reveals that the Philistines are WITH the inhabitants of Tyre. Get a map and you will see that Tyre is in southern Lebanon, the stronghold of the Hezbollah terrorists. Their alliance with Iran is about to be broken, and Germany will be the main cause.

The Philistines—or the Palestinians of Gaza and even those in the West Bank—are going to shift their alliance to Germany as well.

Iran has recently led Hezbollah and the Palestinians in their terrorist activities. They all share some common enemies—especially America and Israel. But they have some different views in religion and politics, which could cause Hezbollah and the Palestinians to ally themselves with Germany.

Also, there may soon be some significant power shifts in Lebanon and Gaza.

Edom, or Esau, is Turkey. Turkey has also been allied with Iran, but it too is going to side with Germany in the future! Why? Because it disagrees with what Iran is doing in Syria! While Iran supports the Assad regime, Turkey supports the rebels.

Look at the changes that are coming! This is not something we can take lightly. THIS IS WORLD NEWS TOLD TO YOU AHEAD OF TIME! Just watch—keep track of this. See if these exact events don’t happen. Watch Germany, and watch the Middle East, and see if this prophecy doesn’t come to pass exactly as the Bible says it will.

This is an END-TIME PROPHECY! Nothing has ever happened like this in history before. “History transmits no record of the national crisis when the nations enumerated in this Psalm formed a league to wipe out Israel,” writes the Anchor Bible Commentary. Lange’s Commentary also points out, “The 10 nations, who are here enumerated as being combined against Israel, are never mentioned elsewhere as enemies allied at the same time and for the purpose of annihilating Israel.”

To most people in this world, this means very little. But God prophesied ALL OF IT! He spelled it out so that if we just study our Bible, we can understand it all. We must understand it! God has His sheltered ones there, protecting them, and they understand it.

Watch for a Massive Shift

These verses foretell a MASSIVE SHIFT in alliances among the nations of the Middle East! Events are about to STAGGER the imagination of many authorities in this world! And God prophesied it all thousands of years ago.

Should we believe in the Old Testament? We should if we want to understand end-time Bible prophecy. The Psalms is the only book in the Bible that contains this prophecy. Without Psalm 83, there would be no way to understand these particular events until well after they had snapped into place.

This is a most exciting and wonderful prophecy—yet the world understands almost nothing about it. People should understand, because this message has been publicized for them to see for about 70 years by the Trumpet and by Herbert W. Armstrong!

Where does this Psalm 83 union lead? It leads to mankind being plunged into the Great Tribulation for 2½ years, and then into the Day of the Lord for a year. But at the conclusion of the Day of the Lord, Jesus Christ is going to return to this Earth and put down all the rebellion against Him. Finally, He will conquer the nations and bring us peace and joy and happiness forever!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 21, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

A Must Read From The Trumpet Weekly by the Distinguished Joel Hillker:

God permitted foreigners to immigrate to Israel, and even commanded that His people treat them well, as the president noted. However, the same God who passed that law said that those who immigrated were expected to fol- low the laws of Israel.

If the president wants to use the Bible in order to establish immigration policy, he would do well to refer to Leviticus 24:22, which states, “You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God” (New King James Version). And Numbers 15:16: “One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” This law prohibits giving special treatment to foreigners. Only those who abide by the law of the land—not who disobey it by their very presence—should be permitted to stay.

Notice another law regarding immigration in Israel, just a few verses down from the one the president quoted.

After telling His people not to make covenants with people from surrounding nations, God said, “They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee” (Exo- dus 23:33). In other words, God forbade immigration of anyone who wouldn’t accept the religion of the Israelites.

It is disingenuous to cite only the provision commanding kindness to immigrants without acknowledging the fact that, by law, these immigrants would have to integrate themselves culturally and even religiously.

President Obama apparently recognizes the wisdom in one of the provisions with that ancient law. But whether or not people realize it, America is suffering a number of problems and curses because it has ignored the other provi- sions on the subject. Our nation’s dangerous and deepening racial and cultural divisions are proof.

That Old Testament law contains a prophecy of what would happen when we disobeyed it.

Deuteronomy 28:43- 44 reads, “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”

As the president invites illegal immigrants to remain in the United States—and at the same time encourages still more illegals to join them—we can see this prophecy being fulfilled.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 22, 2014 @ 6:17 am

Mr. Tingus: You discourage people from listening to you when your comments are so long… and when there are so many at the same time. As we have discussed previously, while I often disagree with you, I try to read carefully to find something helpful. And I find it fairly often. But recently there has been too much for me to even try to read. That is unhelpful to all of us.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 22, 2014 @ 8:53 am

McGraw-Hill has published two editions of a HOMELAND SECURITY DESKBOOK that has some comparative HS analysis. In the first edition the Israeli section was very informative, and authored and edited by KAMIEN!

Dr. David McIntyre [sic], PhD Northern Texas University has the only book out that I know of analyzing comparatively EM in other nations.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 23, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

Should the US continue in the NATO treaty? Outside NATO, only Japan has ironclad US treaty guarantees for its defense against aggression!

Does anyone understand what NATO’s Civil Security actually does?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 23, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

Yes, we have discussed and I agree with you. Often far too lengthy, repetitious and while I very much appreciate you Mr. Palin reading such shared commentary line by line and always expressed with good intent towards our beloved Republic, far many more I am sure choose Not to read my comments and not only because of their length!

Like others, it is obvious that I am truly tired of our nation besieged from within….the lawlessness I see from the oval office itself and throughout community and while hoping for peace and innovation as we reach into the 21st and 22nd centuries, though understanding that verse foretells that humanity’s inability to adhere to God’s laws and places self-serving agenda and such obvious disrespect even for a Life…well, w/Tehran soon to have multiple WMD and launchers in hand and the Rev Wright and Barry Obama permitting such given their own warped bias, unfortunately mankind, inattentive to the lessons of history, will again be challenged by War!

The disparaging remarks towards our nation we hear from elected officials, the willingness to compromise and jeopardize our beloved Republic by the White House, the AG, Ms. Hillary and others when so, so many have sacrificed Life and limb for our beloved Republic and our Constitution and way of Life….I will do my utmost to keep my comments shorter and fewer….

Now as an elder, there is little I can do to make further contribution more than I have attempted in my own personal tenacity and I guess it is time to pass the torch to those younger and more vibrant, the few select who truly understand our history and the sacrifices of the many who have stood forthright for our values….God, family and America!

Thank you Mr. Palin. God Bless you and all your readers….

By the way, another example of American innovativeness and at some point, as mentioned, a product that DoD and HLS may be able to have ready when needed in the future….just another example of the innovation of mankind which affords so much promise!

Startup creates VetiGel, a plant based polymer that seals wounds in seconds
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-11-startup-vetigel-based-polymer-wounds.html

Comment by S. T. More

November 24, 2014 @ 10:13 am

Mr. Palin, I will admit to being one of the followers of HLSWatch who frequently reads the posts, thinks about posting, but then fails to do so. While I am sure that there are many, many more readers like me, our good intentions do nothing to further the dialog. I will, therefore, do my best to contribute in some small way and encourage others to do the same. I like the idea of using the Friday forum for book reviews, but hope that there will still be posts that also cover the broad spectrum of HS issues on our minds.

Mr. Tingus, I do hope that you continue to post, and look forward to your shorter posts. I will make one suggestion, if I may, with appropriate deference to your right to express yourself as you wish. I think you detract from your ability to gain supporters of your views by regularly referring to President Obama as “Barry” and to Mrs. Clinton as “Hillary.” Like you, I am not a fan of many of the policies and actions of our President, or of Mrs. Clinton, and often criticize them myself. However, I tend to gloss over your posts when I see you refer to them by their first names. Just wanted to share my view on this so that readers focus on your analysis and critique instead of dismissing your views due to the appellation used.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 24, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

Mr. or Ms. More: Thanks for you note and your intention. It would be great to have your contributions.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 25, 2014 @ 6:00 am

S.T. More and Mr. Palin,

Thank you for your comments.

It is obvious that I am outraged at this biased White House and at least from my perceptions, a failure by DHS, State and both sides of Congress to step up w/appropriate policies and a cohesive direction of action at a time in history when those in our law enforcement/intel community must confront many challenges and are so often thrown under the bus so easily by elected officials Not on the front line dealing with very bad fellas….Rightly concerned about Tehran and WMD, God Bless each of us and our beloved Republic! The road directly ahead, despite the soaring Dow, a road riddled with serious concerns and ramifications for humanity!

Christopher

Comment by S. T. More

November 26, 2014 @ 5:38 am

Mr. Tingus, thanks for your post. In my view, the White House is more ideologically and politically driven than biased; and that, as well as its insular decision-making process, has affected its policies and damaged its ability to develop effective strategies. Perhaps that is what you meant when you referred to it as biased. Nevertheless, I do agree with the concerns raised in your post.

Comment by John Comiskey

December 4, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

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