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15 November 2016

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Tyler

Caballero,

Adios y vaya con dios, Jefe.

Earthrise

Well deserved Dear Host, you are a prolific contributor. Sometimes there are up to three threads per day; I can't keep up I don't know how you do.

Thanks mate, don't hurry back. We aren't going anywhere.

different clue

Good rest, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Walrus

Enjoy your all earned rest. SST is a pool of sanity in an ocean of unreality.

johnf

You deserve it. Enjoy it.

Kassandra

Have a good time. It is wait and see, anyway, so it's wise to rest.

shaun

Thank you PL and Committee. I have learned so much, and have stopped reading Juan Cole daily, although I do like some of his sites material. I need info, not propaganda. You are where I go for that, I can't think of any other site where you can find some truthiness. Are there any?

steve g

Enjoy your respite. Always good to recharge the
batteries from time to time as we do here in the
north country. Your energy level is amazing!!

505thPIR

Amen to that shaun. Truthiness much like nature, hates a vacuume. It will take root in the tiniest of cracks between monolithic boulders of spin and find a niche between the clouds and winds of hot air out there. SST is a thriving patch as such. If you look hard, there are other places that reveal some insight, though not as bold and forthright. Lots of dot connecting I reckon.

Ishmael Zechariah

Colonel,
Enjoy your rest. "The shit seems to be on™" in Syria. Let us see what we will see.
Ishmael Zechariah

Hood Canal Gardner

Pause yes...be a shame to see you stray too far..your call.

Jeannie

Honorable PL, thank you, bless you, for all that you do for us. SST indeed is a pool of clarity in the ocean of insane angry denial where I live (Berkeley CA). Praying for calm to descend, and for the greater good for all.

May your Thanksgiving be happy and restful!

Nancy K

Enjoy your time away. You will be missed.

Robb

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break! I expect you need it after this election drama. Thanks again for your effort running this site and to the committee for their contributions.

lally

PL, I am troubled by Tyler's words, translated: "Goodbye, go with God, chief". Does he know something we don't? It sounds so final.

That said, take an overdue break, sir. This maelstrom of current events is beginning to feel like Yeat's widening gyre.
SST is a much needed safe harbor for a diversity of people from your fellow Americans to citizens from the far abroad.

We all owe you such a great debt of gratitude. Thank you so much for your perseverance and inspiration, Colonel.

David Habakkuk

Tyler,

Don’t give me nervous shocks.

I would have thought ‘hasta luego’ more appropriate.

Or perhaps the words of the end of term song we used to sing when I was very young – ‘God be with you till we meet again.’

Certainly, I do not think any of us can afford to see the ‘old soldier’ who runs SST either ‘die’, or ‘fade away’ any time soon.

The saying – which was used by MacArthur – actually comes from a British soldiers’ song from the First World War, which was recorded by a fascinating man called Eric Partridge.

Having grown up in New Zealand and Australia, he served in the Australian infantry in that conflict, at mildly risky places like Gallipoli and the Western Front. (A lot of the ‘Anzacs’, in both global conflicts, as also the Canadians, were really rather good at what they did.)

Later, Partridge wrote notable books on the songs and slang of the First World War British Army, and the history of British slang. (When I want to find out where either where quite a few words I use came from, or words in old books I read mean, I consult his ‘Dictionary of Historical Slang.’)

Following up the reference on Google turned up a piece which brings out how complex, and bizarre the real world actually is. It was in the ‘Nassau Guardian’, and its author was one ‘Arinthia S. Komolafe’.

(See http://www.thenassauguardian.com/opinion/op-ed/51308-old-soldiers-never-die .)

It seems to me that Komolafe understands the ambiguities of the song very well, and he also quotes the full text as recorded by Partridge:

“Old soldiers never die,/ Never die, never die,/ Old soldiers never die – /They simply fade away./Old soldiers never die,/Never die, never die,/Old soldiers never die – /Young ones wish they would.”

However, as a ‘congenital civilian’ it seems to me that there is here an obvious truth.

I would absolutely love it if there were ‘young ones’ with a relevant combination of military experience and knowledge of scholarship on military affairs, and experience of the Middle East and other parts of the world and knowledge of scholarship on these areas, who could take over from our host here.

But the blunt and extremely unpleasant truth is that they are not there. (Or, if they are, I have not yet managed to identify them.)

So we have to face facts.

The ‘old soldier’ will have to die in harness, like it or not.

 jld

I hope you're doing well, take it easy.

optimax

Col

This is a good time to search for Bigfoot. This manual will help.
Good luck.

https://www.amazon.com/Bigfoot-Observers-Field-Manual-follow/dp/0937663158

Philippe

Bonne perm' , Colonel !

(in case it's needed : that's french military lingo for leave)

Lochearn

I think you have made a huge contribution with this site to peace. Thank you.

ex-PFC Chuck

Relax! Enjoy! Smell the roses!

Jack

Sir

Enjoy your time off from SST. While we'll miss you, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. This year we are hosting the extended family as well as a few friends. Instead of the usual turkey I plan to cook goose and rib roast.

kooshy

Colonel, is this sudden time out due to an invitation to a penthouse suite in NY, no matter what i wish you the best.

Cieran

Colonel:

Good idea to take some time off after a busy reporting season. I'd recommend grilling up some good steaks. I'm a Delmonico fan, but thanks to your worldly advice, I now know what a "calf fry" is!

We'll still be here...

--Cieran

Peter Reichard

Good time to take a break after this most wild and entertaining election. We are in limbo until January when the real Mr.Trump will emerge from behind the facade of "The Donald" his manufactured and deliberately outrageous public persona. Then we shall see. Godspeed Colonel, enjoy Thanksgiving and hope you return reinvigorated to keep alive the national treasure that is SST.

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