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Dispatch 20: Return to America -- Portland falling. Continue to prepare for 2021

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For the past several weeks, I've been going back and forth between Portland, Oregon, and next door Vancouver, Washington.

Downtown Portland and Vancouver may as well be a thousand miles apart. Downtown Portland is filled with homeless people. Many if not nearly all seem mentally ill or severely addicted.

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Dispatch 18: Pressurized HUMINT Network in Portland: firehose with valve stuck open

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Folks who have followed my work for years know that first thing I do in new conflicts is to create my intel network. Specifically a HUMINT network. Human intelligence.

What was my secret to getting Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts right so quickly? There are many, but number one indicator on mood is HUMINT sources and flows.

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Dispatch 16: Return to America: History is Today

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Busy here in Portland. I've been moving back and forth between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Learning much talking with everyone under the sky.

Interesting aside on guns: Gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed. You know that, of course. Many first-time gun buyers seem to have gunned-up, and my guess is there are plenty of accidents. Play with chainsaws...better go to chainsaw school.

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Dispatch 12: Return to America: Portland -- No Police, No Peace

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My sense after a week back in America: here in Portland, BLM/ANTIFA and other far-left factions are strong for limited action, but their life-force is being sapped. They seem to sense they are losing ground. They say so, even on the microphone on stage. There is no action at all tonight -- not that I saw, anyway.

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Dispatch 5: Return to America: Guns & Ammo in Vancouver, Washington

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Quick update:

Visited a gun-store yesterday. There were density limits so we waited in a line of three people outside while others shopped. While we waited, this apparent Marine surplus vehicle arrived. I do not know the specific nomenclature. There are endless types and always changing. I did not ride in this type in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Dispatch 4: Return to America: Ammo at Cabela’s, and more observations

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A friend and I spent the afternoon of my third day back in America tooling around Vancouver, and into northern Oregon.

In the outlying areas, if I did not already know there is a ‘hurricane,’ I would not have sensed anything off other than tiny clues.

It’s been years since I was in Portland/Vancouver. I have no baseline. I’ve lived a couple years on the West Coast. School here twice such as in San Francisco, and so I am familiar with the vibe and I always loved West Coast in general — other than some obvious ‘anomalies’. (This also is old stomping ground of Gary the Cannibal whom I tracked down in India.)

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Dispatch 2: Homeless in Portland -- terrible

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My second day back in America:

Just spent a long afternoon tooling around Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

No smoke from fires. Rains came just before I landed. Weather in the 60s and wonderful. Could see Mt. Hood just an hour ago.

Vancouver peaceful. People pleasant. Little if any overt signs of unrest. Many American flags on homes and businesses. Little mention of BLM and/or Antifa anywhere. (Not that I saw all of Vancouver but a friend and I spent hours yesterday and today looking around.)

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Dispatch 1: Portland and Vancouver

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Last evening I landed in Portland, Oregon. Scene of much recent rebellion. There was fighting last night at the ICE building. Police were injured. I was not there and have not personally witnessed fighting yet.

Today, a friend and I drove around Vancouver, Washington. After about two hours, we witnessed no signs of violence, BLM, or ANTIFA signs. Am not saying they are not here, but that we did not see any. We did see many American flags flying outside homes and businesses.

Afghanistan: Tim Lynch weighs in on attack against Green Berets in Nangarhar

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Note on Tim Lynch: Tim is a friend and he is the real deal. Former Marine infantry officer -- I spent months with Tim in numerous Afghan provinces including Nangarhar (where this attack occurred), Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Urozgan, Mazar-i-Sharif, and I think we went to Paktia and some others. Escapes me now, but we were all over the place and never with military other than when military would sneak out and come to Tim's bar. (Yes, Tim had a bar in Afghanistan, and it was the best intel-hole in the country.)

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