Archive for October 2010
In what can only be classified as one of the most legendary set of sentences ever said by a head of state, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa shouted in the face of his own police trying to kill him:
“If you want to kill the president, here he is! Kill me if you want to! Kill me if you are brave, instead of hiding in the crowd like cowards!”
Not bad for a guy with a PhD in Economics and who had spoken at the LSE a year earlier!
In a great speech in late September, SecDef Gates dazzled recent Duke graduates with his humor, antidotes, and reflections on America’s armed forces.
Just an tidbit of SecComdy’s HUMRINT:
For the undergraduates here, I know you’re well-accustomed to the challenge of staying awake through long lectures. I promise I won’t test your endurance too much today. I’m reminded of the time when George Bernard Shaw told a famous orator he had 15 minutes to speak. The orator protested, “How can I possibly tell them all I know in 15 minutes?” Shaw replied, “I advise you to speak slowly”.
He also mentioned Eric Greitens who has a unbelievable RIDONKCULOUS resume. But his main point was for all Americans, especially those from L337 institutions, to consider answering the call to service for a variety of reasons:
But beyond the hardship and heartbreak – and they are real – there is another side to military service. That is the opportunity to be given extraordinary responsibility at a young age – not just for lives of your troops, but for missions and decisions that may change the course of history. In addition to being in the fight, our young military leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan, have to one degree or another found themselves dealing with development, governance, agriculture, and diplomacy. They’ve done all this at an age when many of their peers are reading spreadsheets and making photocopies (HD: LOLOLOL). And that is why, I should add, they are often in such high demand with future employers and go on to do great things – in scholarship, in government, in business – in every walk of life.
Absolutely: “The all-volunteer uniformed services now represent less than 1 percent of the American population, but they’re carrying 100 percent of the battle.”
Via the Daily Fail: “‘Victory is impossible in Afghanistan,’ Mr Gorbachev said. ‘Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how difficult it will be.'”
Gorbachev in 1986: “The U.S. has set for itself the goal of disrupting a settlement in Afghanistan in Afghanistan by any means… A million of our soldiers went through Afghanistan and we will not be able to explain to our people why we did not complete it. We suffered such heavy losses! And what for?”