I was invited to and attended a very special military graduation today. It took place at a U.S. Naval base on the east coast. And it involved a small group of United States Marines who graduated from, to speak generically, a U.S. military intelligence training school.
My son was one of the graduates.
This group of young men, and one young woman, volunteered for this school. After a series of fitness interviews and various forms of testing, they were hand picked to attend this training. Even though they were hand picked, only a percentage who began actually graduated. It was said today, by someone who has been involved in the intelligence service(s) since 1974, that this school is considered to be the finest, and this program the most difficult, offered by any military anywhere in the world. I believe it.
In one of the rooms of one of the many buildings, there are a number of photos and plaques of past graduating groups. One thing stood out to me. It was a quote, by Thucydides, a Greek historian, which said,
"He is best who is trained in the severest school."
This is a severe school. You should know that our military young men and women experience everything you have been hearing about in the news, so called "torture" and more, as a part of their many phases of training.
As a part of the training for today's graduating group, there is a village on site. This "village" is reminiscent of something you might expect to see in Kosovo, or somewhere near there. It is beat up, shot up, and various scenarios are experienced by the trainees in preparation for their next deployment.
Today's group will be deployed soon, and all over the world. They will experience various scenarios.
To the right is me hamming it up in the Sheriff's jail. Inside and out it is not a pretty place. Can you imagine, no TV, no air conditioning, no bed (well, there's straw), no toilet, no blanket - really, not much but a room with bars. And bullet holes.
These graduates are young men and women who volunteer for very dangerous assignments. One comment by today's graduation speaker was that their jobs will be nothing like James Bond. No dinner parties, no tuxedoes, no luxuries. He said, "These are the blue collar James Bonds. That is where the real work is done."
And it is very dangerous work, made imminently more dangerous in the past couple of weeks by an "administration" bent on making it more dangerous. Despite counsel and objections to the contrary by many previous CIA chiefs, and the current one, information about "torture" was released.
Actually only the part of the story the "administration" wanted released was actually released.
The intent of releasing intentionally partial information is to defame and embarrass, all in the name of advancing an "agenda." More information will come to fore in the coming weeks, released by this "administration" and its minions in the "private" sector. Nothing constructive can or will be gained from this infomation. The only people to gain from it are our enemies. Personally, I consider it treasonous to aid and abet our enemies. Certainly their reaction to this information was, "That's it?!" Then they went about planning on how to train for it. And they have been emboldened.
Why is it that this enemy, so intent on our destruction and demise, is not recognized by so many in this country as the danger it really is? Why is it that there are so many in this country who want to aid and abet that enemy?
General Washington, of the Revolutionary War, had no patience for those who aided and abetted the enemy. His justice was administered swiftly and definitively. For him, it was all or nothing. He didn't like rendering justice. But he especially didn't like countrymen - "Americans" - who went about intentionally endangering other countrymen - Americans.
My how things have changed!!
George Washington must be turning over in his grave about now.
As I watched this group go out today I thought how it might be that the vast majority of a population, who does NOT get it, would have to be saved by a vast minority, who does get it. And if they are saved (a salvation being made harder, it seems, every day) the naive, appeasing, don't-get-it-ers will claim a part without gratitude or understanding.
A graduation is a commencement. I was invited to and attended a very special military graduation today. And now, for them, it commences.
You should be on your knees, expressing how grateful you are that such people are among us.
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