LTC Michael Oren (IDF Retired), former ambassador to the US, current member of the Knesset and former American citizen has written a book.
He was just on FZ's Sunday newsie slugging it out with Martn Indyk, former British something or other, former Australian official, former Assistant Secretary of State, etc., and currently an American citizen.
I find Indyk amusing. He called me up on behalf of his neocon pals (probably) to reproach me with not "confessing" to being a registered (FARA) agent (Syria). I told him that I was not and had never been but had been the registered agent of a Lebanese businessman as head of his family foundation, the foundation having been involved in funding various pro-peace studies that were provided to the State Department. He hung up, but, today he walloped Oren hard and I can only offer my congratulations.
I have decided to close comments on the two Charleston threads. Comments have become too divisive for my taste. We will not publish Roof's supposed manifesto. I doubt that he wrote it. He doesn't seem up to that. pl
I am very grateful to Dr. Silverman for the fine work he has done on SST the last few days. I am feeling better and will now resume the management as of now. The statue is of Major John Mason, an ancestor. pl
SSTers, I just wanted to do a bit of housekeeping as we keep things going here while COL Lang is on hiatus.
I would like to ask the other front pagers: TTG, Patrick Bahzad, Confused Ponderer, Mr. Sale, Babelfish, Harper - did I miss anybody? - to just keep posting as regularly as you like. If there are any problems on anything and you need to reach me, I've set up a gmail address for myself just for SST stuff while COL Lang is away. It is: adamlsilvermanSST@gmail.com.
I'm going to try to do one to two posts a day, plus respond to comments. The latter will likely be in the evening (US EDT)
If I miss something, please let me know.
A thank you in advance to all the other front pagers and all the commenters that will keep everything running as well as possible until COL Lang gets back.
I've been ill the last month and need some time off from SST. Adam Silverman is the Deputy Moderator of SST and will deal with the blog until I return. BTW, IMO the best thing on TV just now is "Wolf Hall." Pat
"Long did I seek her in disreputable alleys and taverns. It was more difficult to learn to do without her than to lose the taste for Greek wine. Some months after I lost sight of her, I learned by chance that she had attached herself to a small company of men and women who were followers of a young Galilean thaumaturgist. His name was Jesus; he came from Nazareth, and he was crucified for some crime, I don’t quite know what. Pontius, do you remember anything about the man?”" Anatole France
Harrison Street where it intersects with Tiffin at the top of the grade from Florissant
Tiffin Street looking up the grade from Florissant. The intersection with Harrison is at the top of the grade. The policemen shot were standing across Florissant Street just behind this POV.
The view from the intersection of Tiffin and Harrison looking down the hill to Florissant. This is a "T" intersection. Harrison is to the right. The "beaten zone" for the bullets is across Florissan in what is now a grassy strip behind a metal (not solid) fence.
(It appears to me that I have not made an appeal for money for some time. Anyone want to buy SST?)
I think it is time for me to make another appeal for contributions from those of you who wish to see SST continue. This site takes up at least two hours a day of my time. I could quote my consulting rate to you but that would not be in the style of this blog. Think of this appeal as something like the appeals made by PBS for money. There is a button for contributions on SST. Thanks in advance. pl
The small Christian minority communities in Syrian and Iraq are threatened with extinction by IS, Nusra and the like. These people typically live in scattered clusters of villages near the Kurdish areas of the two countries. these Christians are among the earliest adherents of Christianity, ar ethe original inhabitants of those lands and were well tolerated by the Ottomans and all succeeding governments until the jihadis arrived on the scene.
The jihadis hate them as much as they hate other Muslims, Yazidis and other ethno-religious minorities. The jihadis are now attacking the Christian villages in both countries, taking hostages and murdering the men.
Is it legal for US citizens to donate money to the militias of political parties that are trying to defend these villages, often with foreign volunteer instruction by European and American soldiers.
The US now has federal law that penalizes and threatens with prosecution anyone who provides "material support" to terrorists.
I am concerned that some of these Christian militia groups may have some sort of connection to Kurdish groups like the PKK ot YPG who are fighting IS in the same areas.
Is there a US government list that designates some of these Christian groups as legal for private citizen support? pl
Tonight I watched Brooks of the NY Times explain to Woodruff and Shields the religious motivation of IS. He had it exactly right. They did not have a clue as to what he was talking about. Congratulations to him. I have no way to communicate to him. I hope one of you will pass my compliments. pl
"What will Barack Obama do? This is the question posed by everyone. What will he do in Iraq? What will he do in Syria? How does he intend to address Russian-Iranian opposition? How will he wage a war that requires Sunnis in Iraq to be ground soldiers, when they are asking for clarity "before" and not "after" military action? How will he reassure his partners in the alliance that he is truly serious on Syria?
The US president may decide in the end that this is not his war, and that it is best to return to his country to fortify it against terrorism, and let ISIS unleash itself on everyone until it commits suicide or until it is slayed eventually. This is perhaps the course he might choose if it appears to him that all those who want him to fight their wars on their behalf will meet his war with ingratitude and petulance."
Someone wrote to ask how he/she/it might customize the little colored square thingies that appear next to your comments. I asked Typepad. They say that if you have a Typepad account then the picture you have on your Typepad page will automatically appear chez nous. Other than that, no chance. Some hilarious possibilities exist. pl
"A Palestinian-American teenager allegedly beaten while in Israeli police custody in East Jerusalem is to be held under house arrest for nine days, a judge has ruled.
Tariq Khdair, 15, from Florida, is to remain in the Jerusalem area of Beit Hanina during the investigation.
Mobile phone footage appears to show two Israeli policemen repeatedly punching him in the head." BBC
This Floridian is being held in house arrest as a suspect in a case of supposed violence against Israeli police. He is an Americn kid, born in Florida who was in Jerusalem visiting his dying grandmother. He IS NOT a dual national. His parents seek competent medical attention for his injuries. Obama should order USAF medical evacuation of this boy and his parents to US medical facilities in Europe where his government can be assured of his safety. The Israeli government should be informed of what they can do with their house arrest order.
Tell the US government what should be done to make this right.
A lot of people are confused as to how someone like Bergdahl was promoted to sergeant (E-5) . He was generally thought by his comrades to be a loser as a soldier. He was thought by men in his platoon (44 men) and company (150 0dd men) to be self-obssessed, infantile, etc. As opposed to statements by enlisted men, statements or reports by commissiond officers about him cannot be relied on for verisimilitude. Officers are creatures wedded to career and are not inclined to write bad things about their men lest it reflect on them as well.
It is the policy of the US armed forces to promote people held as prisoners of war at the time their contemporaries are promoted without other considerations. This is a good policy and intended to avoid penalizing career people who otherwise would fall so far behind their contemporaries that they would have no choice but to leave the armed forces. pl
Contrary to Michael Rubin's suggestion in "Commentary" I was not among Sy Hersh's sources for his excellent LRB story on Syria and gas. I am, however, pleased to know that the Ziocons still care about me. pl