I have more real combat experience than any war correspondent you ever met. Officers like McChrystal do not impress me. I was happy to see my advice heeded when McChrystal when President Obama fired. Stanley McChrystal.
Taliban was monkey-stomping McChrystal. Troop morale was plummeting under McChrystal.
Reminds me of Baghdad with all the barriers going up. Checkpoints. Troops all around in civilian cars. More barriers dropped off to be installed. Contractors—like Baghdad, working everywhere. Hotels filled with troops. I just went for a walk. So quiet. No traffic. Chilly. Still. Flashing lights all around. Men working. Lockdown coming.
13 January 2021Washington, D.C. Yon-Genre Mind-dump without edit
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Next — I’ve been spending long days and nights with Rudy Giuliani and team. Historical times. As you know, I am not on the President’s team and never have been. I spent the vast majority of my time for last twenty years overseas, not prowling around D.C. I spent very little time in America for nearly any part of Bush, Obama, or Trump time in White House. Most of this time has been in some sort of war or conflict.
Those who have followed my work for years -- and especially in 2020 -- are not surprised at all at the turn of events.
My focus now is to help avert full-scale civil war by this Spring and Summer. And to be sure, though I am a cup-half-full man, I think it's too late for my efforts. I am still doing CPR on that hope there is still a glimmer that calmer heads will prevail. And this still is possible. Just does not seem probable, nor does it fit the fact-pattern.
I’ve been up since 0300 preparing for this day. Georgia seems to have gone to Democrats. Meanwhile, last night, dozens of pro-Democracy Hong Kongers were arrested while I was having dinner with a Hong Kong expert. John Batchelor and Gordon Chang immediately contacted me about an interview today regarding this crime against humanity. I will be on the ground here in D.C., and so when I do this interview please excuse any background news. When I was in Afghanistan and Iraq, sometimes literal firefights would break out while I was doing interviews. Hope that does not happen here today.
Looking at many photos and videos, looks like your normal car bomb. Thousands in Iraq. Fewer in Afghanistan but still tons. A large truck bomb would have obliterated buildings on both sides in that confined space.
If you know veterans who served in Iraq outside-the-wire between about 2004 and late 2007, ask them about car and truck bombs. Remember all the bombs I wrote about while there? Most of the bombs I saw -- I never mentioned. There were so many.
I've flown in from D.C. and have been working back in Oregon. Creating source-network, sensing atmospherics, hanging out with ANTIFA. I entered to the Red House occupied zone, sat by ANTIFA campfire, and got coffee from their kitchen. Many seem like functional homeless or drug-impaired. They were friendly but highly suspicious.
Meanwhile, locals have been helping to understand the situation.
Good morning. As you can infer from some of my posts, I worked until about 0400, about five hours ago, and hit the rack. Now time to roll. I suspect this will be a very big turnout for President Trump.
Also there is much noise and indicators that BLAMTIFA will attack.
Yesterday, 10 December 2020, I attended a gathering of Uyghurs, supporters, and media. I counted 66 total people after speeches began. Others came and max may have been 80. Including those who drifted through maybe 120 total.
09 December 2020 Washington, D.C., near the White House
I've seen some exciting elections in other countries. Cracking bullets and airstrikes.
As example, got into firefights during elections in Iraq and Afghanistan. Was there for much of the Moaist disaster in Nepal. In Nepal, Maoists often attacked their own economy with forced strikes. Businesses were forced to shut their doors at risk of death.
Was a great time. Many interesting people there including some Generals/officers I knew or knew of. Saw Robert Spalding and said hello. Retired Air Force Brigadier General. Spalding is a serious dude. Wrote the book "Stealth War: How China took over while America's Elite Slept." I read all words and recommend this book. You know I normally like combat types. BG Spalding was a B2 bomber pilot. Combat folks write in a direct way that I prefer.
Met other very interesting people. We should have been talking business but I told some cannibal hunting stories. You know how I am with cannibal stories. I am from Florida, after all. And so, "Florida Man goes to Vice President Residence and tells cannibal hunting stories."
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