Monday Open Thread

“He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.”

–Robert Estabrook

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. parsingreality says:

    ….not having to race Libertad to this spot.

    I wonder if he will be back.  Sure hope the joings the ranks of The Bot, Sybil, Gecko, Liberalism is a Sickness and the entire ilk.  

  2. Albert J. Nock says:

    The following quote may stir your imagination.

    “Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” — Robert A. Heinlein  

  3. Albert J. Nock says:

    Do Democrats have any principles or is all about party?

  4. CaninesCanines says:

    to say the least. Lucien K. Truscott IV in the New York Times:

    The genius of General Petraeus was to recognize early on that the war he had been sent to fight in Iraq wasn’t a real war at all. This is what the public and the news media – lamenting the fall of the brilliant hero undone by a tawdry affair – have failed to see. He wasn’t the military magician portrayed in the press; he was a self-constructed hologram, emitting an aura of preening heroism for the ever eager cameras.

    I spent part of the fall of 2003 with General Petraeus and the 101st Airborne Division in and around Mosul, Iraq. One of the first questions I asked him was what his orders had been. Was he ordered to “take Mosul,” I asked. No answer. How about “Find Mosul and report back”? No answer. Finally I asked him if his orders were something along the lines of “Go to Mosul!” He gave me an almost imperceptible nod. It must have been the first time an American combat infantry division had been ordered into battle so casually.

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