Telling The Next Guy

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This was one for the books today.


Obama tells Trump that he needs to stand up to Putin (i.e. don’t wimp out)!

Uh, who’s the guy who has been in office the last 8 years? 


An during those years, our standing and national security has suffered from disengagement and utter weakness at virtually every turn of the globe. 


– We let red lines be violated in Syria and watched our Ambassador murdered in Libya


– Russia expanded into Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria, and now it’s looking to Cuba and Vietnam.


– China has been rapidly militarizing into the South China Sea and expanding it’s economic influence in Africa.


– We made the “worst deal in history” in Iran that allows them to eventually go nuclear!


North Korea continues to expand it’s nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile technology. 


– The Philippines told the President to “go to h*ll” and threatens to break from the U.S. militarily. 


– U.S. backed off support for democracy in Egypt after the military coup that overthrew Morsi


Venezuela expelled our top diplomat and 2 other embassy officials ratcheting up hostilities with the U.S. 


Cyberattacks have plagued the U.S. and we haven’t been able to defend ourselves. 


ISIS has demonstrated success and our strategy has not made them less dangerous and lethal. 


– After years of mounting terrorism, our leaders still refuse to even say the words, “radical Islam.”


I’m not sure why people are so tempted to give advice and preach to others, when they themselves have so many failings. 


I think it’s certainly okay to humbly share our experiences and lessons learned if we have any. 


But perhaps when you don’t have the best record on something, as they old saying goes, you should refrain from throwing large stones in your very fragile glass houses!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Bird Tries Again And Again

Bird Tries Again And Again

My daughter, Rebecca and I watched an amazing sight yesterday.

We sat on the beach before sunset to enjoy the ocean and sand without the crowds.

It wasn’t cold, but the wind was blowing somewhat strong toward the south.

There were four kite surfers enjoying the gusts and gliding over the water at enormous speeds, and curving this way and that.

But this isn’t what really got our attention.

Instead, it was this one little white bird…I don’t know specifically the type, but if I had to guess I’d say it was a dove.

The dove was flying not with the wind southernly, but against it to the north.

In the heavy wind, it would sort of hold it’s position for a little, and then try with all it’s might to fly north.

But the wind was too strong, and it kept tiring and then literally nosediving–head first, straight down like off a cliff–into the water, bam!

We watched this and thought at first what is with this crazy bird–and laughed.

But over and over again this played out–I think we watched this for nearly an hour!

After each attempt, the bird would pick itself out of the ocean water again, fly back south a little seemingly to get some momentum–only to try again and end up on it’s face in the water.

Reflecting on this, the bird tried again and again to make headway, no matter how many times it fell flat on it’s face.

I thought this is a good lesson in life–not to give up even when things seems difficult.

If this little bird could do it–so could we–and eventually succeed at whatever we set our minds to.

If the white little bird really was a dove–the symbol for peace–then what better story to keep trying until you succeed and make flight even against the strong wind. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)