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- A few weeks ago I discussed Che Guevara and his fellowship with Fidel Castro (see the Oct 8 post). Along with Guevara, Fidel Castro went on to form a revolutionary group with his brother Raul, eventually providing the Castro duo with the forces needed to help overthrow the Cuban government in 1959. Fidel Castro would eventually assume military and political power as Cuba’s Prime Minister. On Friday night, after so many decades of Cubans dealing with oppression, the tyrant, Fidel Castro, finally is dead. In a way it was amazing how Castro successfully posed as a champion of the people around the world, even as he trampled on the rights of downtrodden Cubans. His many admirers abroad chose to ignore, and for some reason justify, his denial of freedom to the people of Cuba. His ethos was to instill obedience through fear, taking ownership of thousands of properties away from Cuban citizens to ensure that his Marxist regime would benefit…to the disdain of all Cuban citizens. Castro had many ways of dealing with dissidents including the murder of 20,000 Cubans and the detention of thousands in rundown labor camps. Castro survived the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, and the Guantanamo presence of U.S. troops by being a pawn to the Soviet Union and eventually Russia. Without the Soviet regime, Cuba’s economy suddenly spiraled out of control until Fidel slowly allowed foreign investment to energize the Cuban economy. The ultimate dictator is finally dead. May he and his brother rot in hell.
- While most Americans around the world celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, an American soldier, fighting in the hinterlands of Syria, was killed in action. While I am a proponent of a strong, massive military it is time to turn this so-called war with ISIS over to the groups who are trained to fight on the street, within the confines of buildings, and in general, urban areas of terror. With all due respect to the militaries around the globe, the ISIS conflict poses a specific dynamic that only special trained forces can overcome. Cities in Syria are not the jungle, the desert or the normal battlefield. These ISIS-occupied cities are nasty and unpredictable which must be met with soldiers with different training backgrounds. Soldiers that endure living hell while going through training and have no issues with collateral damage. It is time for a worldwide coalition of special forces to come together, organize, plan and execute an operation of substantial proportion in the areas of Aleppo and Raqqa. By definition, special forces, or special operations forces are military units extremely trained to perform unconventional, typically insecure missions for political, economic or military purposes. The go forward in Aleppo and Raqqa is to select two hundred special operations personnel from the following ten forces: Army Rangers, J2F2, EKO- Cobra, Navy Seals, SAS, GIGN, SSG, Shayetet 13, Black Cats and GSG-9. These 2,000 special operations troops would be deployed to areas of concern in Syria to quickly eradicate ISIS once and for all. Rules of engagement: none. Amount of coordination time for training and planning: forty-five days. This 2,000 person machine would be supported by all means necessary to accomplish the mission of destroying ISIS in Syria. No questions, no political governance, and no grief. More importantly, no more Americans killed in Syria. One is way too many.
- Similar to other holidays celebrated in the U.S., the traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday are somewhat diminished by the onslaught of retailers promoting their store openings. I drove by a Kohl’s on the way home from a festive Thanksgiving evening to see their parking lot overflowing with cars….at 11pm! I guess the tradition of waiting until the Friday after has dissipated since you can now eat Thanksgiving dinner and promptly go shopping? Thankfully the food, wine and football watching still takes precedent over the shopping experience. Lets just be thankful for what we have and hope that the new year brings the best of everything to everyone.
- Updates: Bruce Arena: get the Men’s National Team to Russia 2018. NFL: keep the ball moving and shorten the game by at least 20 minutes. General Motors: keep small production close to home. Time to see Gary Clark Jr. perform. To our military on Thanksgiving: Thank you! And to Jaime and Daniel: may all the good news be yours!!
Adios and Happy Sunday Funday!