“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Transcript for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf to Saddam Hussein: 'Get Outta Town' Some additional clues tonight about why the western allies were so successful in the gulf. They come from the general -- strategy won the war general Norman Schwarzkopf he was interviewed for 20/20 by ABC's Barbara Walters and Saudi Arabia. But -- Saddam. Hussein's biggest mistake. Has predictability. His predictability. But it was -- unpredictable whether he says we don't know we don't know what makes him do things. We we studied the Iran Iraq campaign's very very carefully. And and based upon Iran Iraq campaigns we came -- a lot of assumptions of what they would do and we were -- a single. I'm. Cannot take -- to that meeting with the Iraqi general re also the pictures we haven't -- that much about it I understand that the one place they were surprised by is when you gave them and the number the Iraqi POW. They had said we are now ready to give you the numbers and and we said -- and he said we have 41 POWs and -- Give us a breakdown by country many interrupted me he said. Would you mind telling us how many prisoners you have. And I said. Well as of last night we have 60000 but we're still counting.


  1. Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.


    "With the passing of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, we've lost an American original. From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States Central Command, Gen. Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved.

    - Obama


    "Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. A distinguished member of that 'Long Gray Line' hailing from West Point, Gen. Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the 'duty, service, country' creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises.

    - George H.W. Bush

  2. .

    I was always impressed by Schwarzkopf; although admittedly, I don't know much about him other than what I say during the 1st Gulf War.


  3. Competence with character. That’s what you must have.

    That’s what you are going to carry with you from West Point. Those of you who really believe what you are learning here.

    To hell with the cynics. Believe it!

    West Point

  4. Keeping the cautionary tale of General P tucked away in the mind, and not knowing, like Q, much about the man, he does seem a straight shooter, dedicated, honorable, competent, and all the good stuff. I remember when he showed a video of "the luckiest man in Iraq". Plane's targeting device was aimed at a bridge, missile is fired, car comes into view and just gets across the bridge before the bridge explodes. Car continues on down the desert road. Great big bear of a man, he seemed charismatic, and dancing agile on his feet, like a dancing bear.

    Can't make head nor tail of the headline of this post however.


    Germany again back in the deportation business.

    This time the elderly.

    Let's hope Barky and Company doesn't get ideas from this. Some of us may live out our last days in Kenya, to boost the economy of his home country and save a little cash here.

    1. They certainly did round up a lot of Iraqs. Did that Hail Mary Pass maneuver and cut them off with no where to go. Then at the end they let them keep their helicopters which Saddam immediately used to slaughter the shia.

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  6. Did Swartzkopf oversee that massacre of retreating Iraqis?

  7. Good ol' Ash and his loaded questions.


  8. Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in US cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America. Data and interviews from an AP investigation found growing numbers of meth lab seizures in cities such as St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville; and Evansville, Ind.. "No question about it—there are more labs in the urban areas," says the coordinator of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force. "I'm seeing car fires from meth in urban areas now, more people getting burned."

    Part of the reason for the rise is "shake-and-bake" labs—smaller, portable labs that lack the strong odor that previously drove meth makers to hide in rural areas. "Bad guys have it figured out," says a DEA official. "You don't have to be as clandestine." Authorities are also seeing evidence that inner-city gangs are becoming involved in meth production and distribution. The increase in labs is especially troubling because meth brought into the US from Mexico also is becoming more pervasive in urban areas. The AP notes that so-called Mexican "super labs" are increasing production, making meth more pure and less expensive, and then using existing drug pipelines in big cities.

    About half the employees in our local WalMart have bad teeth, I am told that is a sign of meth/crack usage.

    1. Maybe lack of dental insurance. WalMart does drug tests (I think).

    2. Ex-users. Cleaned up and got a job.

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  10. More Headlines:

    Delhi Gang-Rape Victim Suffered Brain Injury

    Whitney Houston Murdered Over Drug Debt: Private Eye

    Latest news from the fracking industry:

    Firms in states with mandatory disclosure rules, such as the ones proposed in California, are able to avoid releasing information about certain compounds by saying that making this information public would put them at a competitive disadvantage against other drilling firms.

    I don't see that any of this can be reduced to a simple explanation, aside from the intractability of human nature. The species is nasty and brutish. God/Allah/Jehovah/Buddha doesn't seem to have made much of a behavioral dent. Maybe it will evolve.


  11. Neocortex just beginning. Give time. Dominate reptilian. Meditation no work till then.

    The Biology of Transcendence

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    Meister Eckhart

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