Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
On my playlist today
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor — showed poor judgment," the president said Tuesday, surrounded by members of his Cabinet at the close of their meeting.
Pass the Kleenex. Yes, pass me a tissue, please!
In the latest chapter of Commander-in-Chief v. Commander-on-the-Ground I felt compelled to read the article in question which has our President in a stew. The article was excellent. It shows the flanks of a kick-ass military culture which relies on the cunning and intelligence of mature leadership to not only lead in war but also maintain troop loyalty. While a private joke changing "Biden" to "Bite me" may seem offensive, it does not necessarily reflect on General McChrystal's fidelity to duty. I found reason to cheer in reading the article in The Rolling Stones Magazine. The backbone is snapped into place for a very difficult assignment.
There are undoubtedly other issues and possibly personal animosities to be addressed privately between two very powerful men. I hope for conflict resolution.
It does seem that anger and frustration are the paintbrush applied to the portrait of our President now that the pressure is on. He no longer rises to the cheers of adulation from German crowds at Victory Column but bows to the difficult burdens of the presidency. Welcome to leadership, Mr. President. Not as easy as you thought, is it?
*Editorial Note: The continued lack of journalists with prior military experience shows within MSM. Article after article speaks of General McChrystal being "fired". The correct phrase is "relieved of duty". The military does not "fire" people. Our biggest asset is our people! smile
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Monday, June 14, 2010
Bare silhouette against the sky
Faith and hope collide
Gnarled branches reach skyward
Fallen acorns, not courting
Faith and hope collide
My life's tapestry
Black and bold red
with two golden threads
Constancy and comfort
In spite of "unanswered prayers"
Laughter explodes from my throat
*Thoughts after reviewing my prayer journal of 1996-1997.
This man still seeks to destroy us. Here are the thumbnails from what is offered up as the latest release on an active forum site.
The video (such as it is) can also be accessed from the link.
Continue to pray for the safety of our troops as they provide a shield of defense for our nation against men who seek our collective harm.
Osama bin Ladin
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Some news items - just have to be addressed.
When I return to the blog, Ms. Glick will be the recipient of the blog's coveted Intellectual Midget award. You will see "Swofford Unleashed" on the page.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Definition: A physical, biological, psychological, or symbolic configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that its properties cannot be derived from a simple summation of its parts.
Leaving the blog and entering the research cubicle for a few weeks. See you on the other side!
Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, Ph.D gave me a heads up regarding the Institute of Public Policy third annual report. It received its initial "legs", when presented in Islamabad yesterday by Mr. Javed Burki. (former vice president of the World Bank and former Finance Minister, government of Pakistan) In the shadows, the quiet academic ventures of men and women seriously engaged in seeking workable solutions for the nation of Pakistan. Those of us who enter the court of ideas will at times have the smoke upon our garments from the fiery passion of diverse views. But the goals remain the same: societal solutions.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010