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Operation “Crossfire Hurricane”

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If you have not heard that term, you have not been watching or reading the right news sources.  In the coming months, you, as Americans, are going to have to face something you never could have conceived, you never would have believed, and may not know how to handle.

Be calm, daylight reveals the truth.

Some of you who follow Congressional hearings have heard of Crossfire Hurricane, and it may have caused you to shudder.   It is real; it was testified to under oath by top FBI personnel; it was deployed against an American.   And we are going to explore it in the next few Blogs.

But, for now, just take a look at the name itself.   Ask yourself what crossfire is.  It is fIre from more than one direction converging on a single spot.  Ask yourself if you would like to be caught in a crossfire.   Certainly it is a tactic to guarantee that you hit the enemy from both sides, thus insuring he falls.

And Hurricane.   Well we all know the devastating force, winds, inundating floods, and treacherous clockwise/counterclockwise churning that a hurricane creates.   Not to mention its sudden changes in direction.   And it is broad, almost inescapable if you are in its direct path.

So, your tax payer dollars have been used in the last three years to create a hurricane deployed against American citizens.  Simultaneously, the individuals caught in the hurricane were hit with crossfire in an attempt to bring them down.

Who would conceive of this diabolical plot?   Who would further name it in such a sinister way?  Who was the target?  Did they survive?

Let’s talk.

The Grenade

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It was a popular expression during the 2016 Presidential Election for Candidate Trump’s supporters to shout out the command, “Drain the Swamp.”   Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, I doubt any of us have not had a day when we scratched our head, cursed under our breath, and wondered what the heck the men and women we elected turned into once they got to Washington, DC.

Be honest now.   We have all regarded that place as the swamp, because it doesn’t seem to matter who is President, or which party is in control of the Congress, we have all of us sensed there is something incompetent at best, and diabolical at worst, going on in “the Swamp.”

I mean, think of it.   How did the place even get its name?   Yes, the area was once a swamp I believe.   That’s not it.  It’s the other definition which Washington has earned in the decade-in and decade-out world that some perpetual players live in.   Webster’s kindly defines swamp as “a difficult or troublesome situation or subject.”  The verb means “to inundate or submerge.”

So, the voters who clamored to “drain the swamp” know that there is something insidious, even sinister, that lives in that swamp known as Washington, DC.   And they further know that no matter who they send to Washington as President or Vice-President, the swamp somehow inundates them.

Draining the swamp became a strategy then to drain off the excess water and expose the creatures who are living there.   It sounded like a good strategy. It even got a candidate elected. The problem with draining a swamp, however, is that it gives the “swamp creatures” time to slither away, hide under a rock at the bottom, take up residence in a new, deeper area–and remain camouflaged, still ready to strike.

Well, unwittingly, the American people didn’t send a man to drain the swamp.   They might have thought they were.  Instead they lobbed a grenade into the swamp.   Donald J. Trump is a grenade  He’s not a drainage valve technician!

When that grenade exploded totally unexpectedly, and instantaneously, the swamp creatures who were lurking in the murky subterranean world of manipulation, power, and likely corruption, were tossed up onto the surface–visible in broad daylight.   This was something that had never happened, and they never expected.   There they were: Democrats, Republicans, Bureaucrats, Intelligence snakes, K-Street firms–all of them writhing, trying to get out of the light and back down into the darkness they have been operating from during my whole life.  We even know their names now.  We can see them flailing.

Unfortunately for them,, Donald J Trump appears to be a time-release grenade.  He just keeps exploding sections of the swamp.   To me it is hilarious to watch these creatures spit, hiss, bite, and dive for cover.

Well, I have a tip for them–from me.  It’s not the grenade that is your problem.   It’s the people who tossed that grenade into the swamp, who wanted to see the real identities of hidden incompetence or subversive actions.

You have operated in dark, dank, murky corridors too long.   You have hurt Republicans and Democrats alike.  And the time has come for you to wither in the light of day.   Your power is ending.

Here’s to “grenades!”  (Now I have to put a disclaimer here.   You know I am not talking about military, weapons grenades. I do not, and never have, advocated violence.  I am talking about a disruptive, combative, fearless, asymmetrical warrior.  That was our grenade of choice.)

Little Petty Pompous People

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When I was young, my parents taught me manners.   Yours probably did too.  And, as I grew, they and other elders taught me to communicate with respect.  I’ve had some hard lessons learned through my life of what happens when I communicated too harshly or severely, using too much force, or too little respect.

There are times when one must hit back against unfairness, injustice, and stupidity.   Today is one of them.  I will attempt to mind my manners, but you may need a seat belt anyway.  And I encourage you to pass this Blog to any journalists you know, and, more importantly, to anyone who forms their opinions and priorities based upon the opinion of their favorite daytime TV talk show host, or their favorite night time cable news host.

By now, everyone knows the President of the United States has successfully negotiated a deal with Mexico.   You may also have watched the pomp and circumstance of his and the First Lady’s visit with the Queen, their visit with the heir to the throne Prince Charles, the State Banquet, the meeting with Prime Minister May, their historic visit to Ireland, their stunning and moving participation in the D-Day Commemoration.

If you weren’t shown images and reporting on these diverse and equally significant meetings, you either weren’t watching, or the news agency you were watching chose not to clue you into the world affairs.

I saw a chyron a few days ago that stunned me.  Fox News was alerting their audience to the fact that other networks were criticizing the First Lady for wearing sunglasses during the Normandy D-Day event.   Sure enough, other channels spent their time–not talking about the Mexico breakthrough, or any of the thousands of images and choices they had available–but rather about their perceived faux pas by the First Lady.

I don’t know whether it is taboo to wear sunglasses in the sun at such an occasion.   I have never researched that.  But–and here is my point–neither did the news media as far as I can tell.   No one sited some book of protocol.  No one sited any source or reference. They were too lazy to actually research.  Their “research” appears to be that they looked around in the crowd and did not see others wearing sun glasses.   So, they immediately concluded that Melania Trump must have erred.  You or I could observe and speculate.  But, where is the actual research for the smear by Media.  Goodness knows, if they had done that, it might have killed their attack–designed to embarrass the First Lady of the United States, and the United States.  I, for one, would like to know–so that the next time I am First Lady and will be honoring America’s fallen heroes, I know what the Media feels I should wear.

Of all the things she did last week, these little, petty, pompous people chose to talk about SUNGLASSES. I suggest you think long and hard about this before you rely upon any of these people for an analysis of anything.   Even if it were a faux pas, why not talk about all the other exquisitely executed moments in such a long and diverse trip?   Why point out the one alleged flaw?

The motive can only be destructive and deceptive.   When you can’t talk about all the victories, you point out the one wart.   I know teenage mean girls with less drama than our Media is demonstrating right now.

A mentor of mine pointed out that where we will be in the next five years will be determined by the books we read, and the people we associate with.  It makes such a difference to your character and integrity–and wisdom and grace.

Don’t let these people tell you they have a responsibility to be critical and to inform you of “all things not perfect.”   They do not.   That is not their responsibility under the First Amendment which guarantees their Freedom.  All such behavior demonstrates is the fact they don’t research; and they don’t prioritize importances in order to give you the most necessary information.

Well, it has been said that a people get the government they deserve.   I think we also get a Press we deserve.   If we reward these ignorant petty people, and let them sit there day after day pompously making fun, and ridiculing, it only encourages bad behavior.

With all my failings, and with all the times I have not evaluated with the grace I should have, my parent’s guidance stuck.   Don’t be “little.” be “big.”  Don’t be “petty,” be “magnanimous.”  And don’t be “pompous.”

And, in the words of a mentor I love and admire, “Don’t major in the minors.”   I’d like to suggest that last week’s media coverage, by some, of the First Lady didn’t even rise to the level of”minor.”   It descended to the level of petty. It was petty and unworthy of our Press who became the beneficiary of the blood shed by my ancestor and his friends to create this country, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Our Media’s Executive Producers are going to have to work hard to rise to the level that they were worth dying for.   A lot of Americans over the centuries have died to make it possible for these little, petty, pompous people to have their “microphone.”   If they say that’s “our job,” tell them to take a long walk off a short pier, smile, and turn away–never to give them access to your precious mind again.

“Now, Lee…” I can hear my mother admonishing.   Well, Mom, this time I had to speak!

What is Courage?

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As we watched the inspiring ceremony in Normandy yesterday commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-day, I was struck by something one of the surviving veterans said.

First–I hope you have your Millennial children and friends watch the whole ceremony.   Go to YouTube and watch ALL of President Trump’s speech.   This is not a political comment.  Rather, he tells the story of the monumental day from the United States’ perspective.  And watch Macron of France share the French perspective of that day.

This 75th anniversary is the most important one–in my opinion.  In 25 years we will acknowledge the 100th anniversary of a day that saved the world.   But, no one will be alive who landed on those beaches that day.   This was why yesterday–with 50 plus veterans of that fateful day in attendance–was so special.   It is our last time to see these men.   It is the last time to show our young the real living, breathing, heroes who made it possible for us to still be living free.

One of the “90-something” veterans was complimented by a journalist for being such a hero.  And the elderly man responded humbly, “I was not a hero.   These men–he pointed to the gravestones of those who fell that day–were heroes.   I was scared to death, afraid.  I was not the hero.”

To me, he was self-deprecating because he had been afraid.   I think any one of us would say, if you weren’t terrified that day as you landed, you didn’t know what was going on.

So, to that fine man, I would say this, “Why you are a hero is that you pressed on–despite the terror.  You made it to the beach, and off the beach, and on to victory in Europe.   Each one of you who made it to the beach gave hope to the next terrified American who was about to exit his boat, and wade into the deep water, under withering fire, and devastating death around him.  Fear and adrenalin and an innate sense of duty and purpose carried you off that beach and into history. No sir, you ARE a hero!”

That reminded me of something a colleague of mine discovered when his son was studying to be an Eagle Scout.

They were asked the definition of courage and bravery.   Father and son both responded:   having no fear.   And the Scoutmaster said, “No.   Courage is not the absence of fear.  It is the willingness to press on–despite the fear.”

Fear is a human emotion.  But when one acts–in the face of fear–to save a fellow countryman, to do what’s right, to face failure, to learn from it and get back up–that is courage.

All of those 150,000 men were brave and what they did, while terrified, made them heroes forever.

The same is true for you.   Fear is but an emotion.  Moving forward anyway, in order to do what is right, that is courage.

Do not expect victory without fear.  Do not expect growth without anxiety.   Even if the worst is facing you, do what is right for the greatest number, and if you must harm, do the least harm possible for the least number.  That is courage.   And that is also peace of mind!


The Bunker

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I remember when I first was invited to be a radio guest on a Talk Show with Gen. Paul Vallely and Oscar-Winning Film Producer, Jerry Molen.   As they launched the show they spoke of broadcasting from a bunker in the Rockies.   It struck me as humorous.

Having no idea where their studios actually were, I understood though that apparently they did not want to be truly located.

Later, when I happened to hear Rush Limbaugh one day, he too spoke of broadcasting from a bunker.   Again, I had no idea where his studios were, or are, actually, and whether “the bunker” was necessary.

Well, after blogging for a year–especially the content of my blogs in the last few months–I now know why the person communicating may need to keep their location unknown.   “The Bunker” is a euphemism for an undisclosed location.

So, know that my recent experiences have caused me to decide, in the future, to Blog to you from a “Bunker.”

That’s all for now.