What are you reading? Political Books

We were talking about this yesterday, the UBI part anyway.

It’s a good read. He’s funny and swings a data based bat. I was not a fan of his Social Credit thing, as I felt I personally would not be interested in how society saw/judged me.

Was looking for Gabbard’s book yesterday and ended up getting Mad Dog’s. Skipped to part three, the CENTCOM years. He was not a fan of Obama telegraphing the Allied intentions a year and a half in advance. Not a fan of Pakistan’s duplicity. Saw Iraq’s Maliki as weak and knew he’d screw the Sunnis. Jordan is a bad ass country. What they did in Afghanistan is practically unknown in the US.

Some very good leadership nuggets:
No such thing as a crowded battlefield.
The tougher the situation, the calmer one needs to be.
On the job, your problems ARE my problems.
Silence doesn’t imply agreement.


Couple of articles here that reminded me of something Mattis wrote about Exit Strategies.

He was naught a fan of Exit Strategies.

For (A response to the Against article.):

I just finished Wild Ginger by Anchee Min. Dark as hell, but moving. It’s about Mao’s Cultural Revolution, in case you want some nice historical political fiction. :slight_smile: The author lived through the revolution herself, was part of the red guard as a teen, but was sent to a labor camp. Just knowing this makes the novel even more emotional to me.

Exposes the blatant hypocrisy of evangelical Christians in fighting for religious liberty.

Written by a Pakistani-American lawyer who has fought alongside Christians on the battle for religious liberty.

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An interview with Min. Speaks like a performance art piece. It’s cool, but weird and draws one innnnnnn.

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This book by Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard. Among the stories is one about Avigdor Feldman, who sued to make the Israeli Supreme Court decide on the illegal settlements in the West Bank.

If the Israeli SC ruled against the settlements, then that would stifle settlement activity, but they would face backlash from Israeli’s religious right wing, who believed God gave them that land according to the Bible. If they ruled in favor of the settlements, Sfard said, then the SC would become a laughingstock in the international legal community because those settlements are clearly against international law.

Between a rock and a hard place, the SC had know choice but to declare the settlements non-justiciable and let them proceed without a ruling.

Yet the SC spent their political capital defending Israel’s secular, upper-middle class’s right to watch movies on the Sabbath and eat non-kosher food, instead of defending Palestinians.

Did they have to make that verdict up or had it been used before?

I’m pretty sure it means they’re not making a ruling. I’ve never heard that word until reading the book.

Seems like they just got stuck between reality and the ideological buy in and decided upon:


…and people went for it?

An old one but so far interesting on how successive administrations supported involvement based on promises that the government forces would respect human rights. TLDR: promises continually broken after they had the money in hand.

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Wow, that paperback is going for $50. Intriguing. I’ll check the library.

That’s where I found it. You can also check to see if your library is part of Overdrive. I’ve found some ebooks and audiobooks that way when there was no paper copy available.

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I’m going to plug Jim Mattis’ book again.


Only because it make him sound like a sleeper cell candidate. His networking in the government and overseas is vaaaaaaaaast. He may be the one who helps put us back together after all current shitnado blows through.

This seems to back up what Mattis spoke of in his book. Part of the Marines intent, especially on the battlefield, was also to do this:

“We have to think about ways to complicate their thinking, make them uncertain, make them doubt their capabilities,” Modly said. “That’s the full spectrum.”

In the first Iraq war, it took the form of 30 straight days of bombing.

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MOre from Mattis: