Two (Videos) if by Sea

So, an hour with Candace Owens and Douglas Murray from the Candace Owens Show in London. Interesting, Intelligent, and enjoyable. What’s not to like?

Hat tip to Kathy Gyngell at The Conservative Woman.

And Boris Johnson at the Conservative Conference. Always interesting and often fun.

Talking at the Talk Shop

The leader’s of the world have been talking at each other in New York. Some have done well  like Boris:

Pretty good stuff. And he’s mostly right, too.

And the President was, again, excellent.

Then there is this, which has much to do with the future. If America,  India, Britain, and Australia can figure it out there is little to fear from China.

Deplorables and Brexiteers

In 2016, the British and American people shocked all the world, especially the so-called elites that think they are entitled to rule us. They forget that for America and especially England that is a feature, not a bug. On both sides of the pond, we are still in a prolonged battle to make our vote good. Will we win through? Maybe, but I’ll tell you this if we don’t there is going to be hell to pay like hasn’t been seen since our respective civil wars.

Spiked has a video out that limns quite well the runup and at least some of the consequences. I think it worth watching.

See what I mean. If you hang about with the people  I do, you find that the American and British conservatives also understand that we are fighting the same enemy, it has gone too far to refer to them as the opposition, that is the choice they have made.

And that works for me, once again the Anglo-Saxon powers are leading the people of especially, Europe, but in truth all over the world, to see that real democracy can be won, if they care enough. We don’t hear all that much from continental Europe, but what we do hear, the people are getting restive in the Visegrad countries, in Italy, in France (where Macron has admitted that the French people would vote to leave the EU), in Italy, and even in Hong Kong.

I cannot do a post like this without quoting  Kipling, who was amongst the first to see how much alike, we are, it runs through his poetry, so perhaps a final warning.

 

Invasion!

When we weren’t looking, we were invaded. In its 101st year, the Royal Air Force has blitzed America, and it is quite wonderful.

Huh, you may ask, but its a tale easily told. The Red Arrows, the demonstration team of the British Royal Air Force are touring the US and Canada.

It’s one of those quirks of these things that we don’t often get to see the Reds, nor do the Brits see the Birds and the Blues that much. These teams are as their names indicate, an exemplary showcase of British and American airpower. Sadly there is little reason to demonstrate it to each other, we’ve watched each other in admiration since at least 1942, we Americans know how great the RAF is, and they kind of like us too,

It’s more important to remind the rest of the world what happens when you poke too much at the Eagle, or twist the Lions tale. The fact that one tends to get both is a fact of history that is remarkable, and probably could only happen amongst the Anglo-Saxons, but the fact it is. Doesn’t matter if Mercia or East  Anglia rules, all join in. It also matters to our countries to sell their military our products, of course. The fact that that lowers the cost for us all is a benefit.

 

Sir Humphrey over at Thin Pinstriped Line spoke some about this:

The value of the Red Arrows is that they provide a globally recognisable and iconic brand that is associated with the UK. Much like most other nations maintain some form of air display team, they provide a visible sign of UK influence and interest globally that can facilitate many open doors.

The fact that the aircraft used is the much loved and hugely successful BAE Systems Hawk helps the Team support the wider export opportunities for this superb jet. Seeing one of the older variants put through its paces highlights the potential of the airframe in a memorable manner, which will hopefully help when interested parties then get to see what the newer generation of T2 is capable of for training aircrew.

From an influence perspective, the breathtaking nature of the Teams display and iconic paint scheme helps create the conditions whereby people want to see the display in person. Their reputation and ability to draw crowds is a vital tool in the battle for winning influence on the global diplomatic stage.

The impact the Reds have in doing this is powerful – for instance, a good publicity shot can land on the front page of most papers in a country – Humphrey has been in the Middle East when the Reds were present, and practically every paper carried the visit on their front page.

In simple terms, the Reds open the door to enable the rest of UK Government and industry partners to pile in and deliver key diplomatic objectives. For example, the presence of the Reds at an airshow may lead senior military and government figures, often elusive and hard to reach, and who the UK would like to have a bilateral with to attend, enabling the setting up of key contacts and conversations that would otherwise not happen.

He’s correct, and it’s just as true for our teams as well. It’s also a hell of a recruiting tool. The first time I saw the Blues was their practice day at Purdue back when they were flying F-4J’s. You don’t get a better example of America’s power than seeing, hearing, and feeling as a Phantom overflies you at perhaps 500 feet.

And that is part of why the Reds are here, they are promoting STEM education. And that’s as should be, a joint mission. Here are some details:

Date Event name Website
07/08/2019 Halifax
08/08/2019 Halifax
09/08/2019 Halifax
10/08/2019 Halifax
11/08/2019 Halifax (flypast)
12/08/2019 Halifax
13/08/2019 Halifax
13/08/2019 Ottawa (flypast)
13/08/2019 Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow http://aerogatineauottawa.com
14/08/2019 Chicago
15/08/2019 Chicago
16/08/2019 Chicago
17/08/2019 Chicago – Air and Water Show https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html
18/08/2019 Chicago – Air and Water Show https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html
19/08/2019 Boston
21/08/2019 Atlantic City – display at Thunder Over The Boardwalk https://airshow.acchamber.com
22/08/2019 New York
23/08/2019 New York
24/08/2019 New York Airshow, Stewart International https://airshowny.com
24/08/2019 The Hamptons
25/08/2019 New York Airshow, Stewart International https://airshowny.com
25/08/2019 Washington DC
26/08/2019 Washington DC
27/08/2019 Washington DC
28/08/2019 Washington DC
28/08/2019 Niagara Falls
28/08/2019 Toronto
29/08/2019 Toronto
30/08/2019 Toronto
31/08/2019 Toronto – Canadian International Airshow https://theex.com/main/entertainment/canadian-international-air-show/air-show
01/09/2019 Toronto – Canadian International Airshow https://theex.com/main/entertainment/canadian-international-air-show/air-show
02/09/2019 Toronto – Canadian International Airshow https://theex.com/main/entertainment/canadian-international-air-show/air-show
03/09/2019 Toronto
04/09/2019 Toronto
05/09/2019 Toronto
05/09/2019 Dayton, Ohio
06/09/2019 St. Louis
07/09/2019 Spirit of St. Louis Airshow & STEM Expo http://spirit-airshow.com
08/09/2019 Spirit of St. Louis Airshow & STEM Expo http://spirit-airshow.com
09/09/2019 St. Louis
09/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
10/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
11/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
11/09/2019 Houston
12/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
13/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
14/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
15/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
16/09/2019 Fort Worth/Dallas
17/09/2019 Denver
18/09/2019 Denver
18/09/2019 Portland
19/09/2019 Portland
20/09/2019 Portland – The Oregon International Airshow https://oregonairshow.com/
21/09/2019 Portland – The Oregon International Airshow https://oregonairshow.com/
22/09/2019 Portland – The Oregon International Airshow https://oregonairshow.com/
23/09/2019 Portland
23/09/2019 Seattle
24/09/2019 Seattle
24/09/2019 Vancouver
25/09/2019 Vancouver
26/09/2019 Victoria (flypast)
26/09/2019 Vancouver (flypast)
27/09/2019 Vancouver
27/09/2019 San Diego – Miramar Airshow https://www.miramarairshow.com
28/09/2019 San Diego – Miramar Airshow https://www.miramarairshow.com
29/09/2019 San Diego – Miramar Airshow https://www.miramarairshow.com
01/10/2019 San Francisco
02/10/2019 San Francisco
02/10/2019 Long Beach
04/10/2019 Los Angeles – The Great Pacific Airshow https://pacificairshow.com
05/10/2019 Los Angeles – The Great Pacific Airshow https://pacificairshow.com
06/10/2019 Los Angeles – The Great Pacific Airshow https://pacificairshow.com
08/10/2019 Rapid City

Dates are British fashion DD/MM/YYYY. If you’re anywhere near one of these, you really should see them. I have once, and they are quite awesome.

The RAF page for the Tour is here, and should not be missed.

The Indispensable Man

There is only one man who is indispensable in American history, he was born 287 years ago, yesterday. Of course, we are talking about George Washington. Lieutenant General commanding the Continental Army (by Act of Congress the senior general of the US Army in perpetuity) unanimously elected President of the Constitutional Convention, the first and the only unanimously elected President of the United States, twice, and a farmer.

Henry (Light Horse Harry) Lee eulogized him as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the heart of his countrymen, which he remains. King George III of Great Britain called him when he resigned his commission at the end of the Revolution, “The Greatest Man in the World”.

One of his warnings which should be much in our mind is his distaste for political faction or party. In the farewell letter, he left us as he left the presidency (itself an act that stunned the world), he said (Hat tip to the Victory Girls.)

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

The rest at the link (above).

Washington also penned the classic statement of American religious tolerance in his justly famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI in 1790. It is here.

I was in response to a letter presented to Washington by the congregation when he visited Providence, which is not so well known. (hat tip to PowerLine.

Permit the children of the stock of Abraham to approach you with the most cordial affection and esteem for your person and merits ~~ and to join with our fellow citizens in welcoming you to NewPort.

With pleasure we reflect on those days ~~ those days of difficulty, and danger, when the God of Israel, who delivered David from the peril of the sword, ~~ shielded Your head in the day of battle: ~~ and we rejoice to think, that the same Spirit, who rested in the Bosom of the greatly beloved Daniel enabling him to preside over the Provinces of the Babylonish Empire, rests and ever will rest, upon you, enabling you to discharge the arduous duties of Chief Magistrate in these States.

Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free Citizens, we now with a deep sense of gratitude to the Almighty disposer of all events behold a Government, erected by the Majesty of the People ~~ a Government, which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance ~~ but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience, and immunities of Citizenship: ~~ deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language equal parts of the great governmental Machine: ~~ This so ample and extensive Federal Union whose basis is Philanthropy, Mutual confidence and Public Virtue, we cannot but acknowledge to be the work of the Great God, who ruleth in the Armies of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, doing whatever seemeth him good.

For all these Blessings of civil and religious liberty which we enjoy under an equal benign administration, we desire to send up our thanks to the Ancient of Days, the great preserver of Men ~~ beseeching him, that the Angel who conducted our forefathers through the wilderness into the promised Land, may graciously conduct you through all the difficulties and dangers of this mortal life: ~~ And, when, like Joshua full of days and full of honour, you are gathered to your Fathers, may you be admitted into the Heavenly Paradise to partake of the water of life, and the tree of immortality.

Done and Signed by order of the Hebrew Congregation in NewPort, Rhode Island August 17th 1790.

Moses Seixas, Warden

I can’t think of another man, anywhere, at any time, who was a better man, or a better leader for his, and all, people.

Happy Birthday, Sir.

The Venezuelan Implosion

In case you missed it in the uproar over the Covington Kids (God bless them) over the last few days the situation in Venezuela has come to a head.

A few days ago there was what looked like an attempted military coup which was put down. Only two days later the President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, has declared Maduro’s presidency as constitutionally illegitimate. He has been recognized as the legitimate head of the government by the United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and others. Mexico and Bolivia have not. Maduro has severed diplomatic relations with the US and given US diplomats 72 hours to leave. The State Department has replied that Maduro is no longer head of Venezuela’s government and we are not leaving, quite brave on Pompeo’s part, or foolhardy, depending on how things turn out.

And so that is the situation now in the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, and with a government that Bernie Sanders would be proud of, as people fight over rats to eat and haven’t seen toilet paper in years.

Now what?

The big powers in the western hemisphere are the US, Brazil, and Colombia. Brazil has a pretty new, right-wing populist government under Jair Bolsonaro, and yes, there are many parallels and comparisons to Trump. There were also reports that the refugees from Venezuela played a part in his election, after years of a left-wing rule of their own.

So Brazil is somewhat weaker than it has been but it is still the neighborhood leader and an ally of the US. Colombia tends to follow Brazil.

Maduro is backed by Cuba, Iran, and Russia. In other words, the usual suspects. Solve this correctly, and we not only save many, many Venezuelan lives but we also damage terrorism in the western hemisphere quite a lot. Both matter.

It’s probably (according to most analysts) a bad idea for the US to get directly involved militarily, but it would also be very unwise to sit by idly.

I think Brandon J. Weichert has it reasonably close to right in The Spectator when he says this.

From its perch in North America, the United States can do much to support a humanitarian aid mission into Venezuela (air dropping supplies, for instance) while lending covert assistance to Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuelan dissidents. Yet, the most powerful punch that the United States could pack would not be through overt military force, but rather through covert action and diplomacy.

For instance, Cuba is key regional problem in this scenario. Cuba has been the conduit through which Iranian, Russian, and Chinese support for the Maduro regime has flowed. America must impose harsh sanctions against Havana until it ceases its illicit involvement with Maduro. I never understood why the Obama Administration attempted to normalize relations with Cuba. It only empowered Havana to misbehave more in Latin America.

Also, the United States Southern Command must be given greater resources. At present, USSOUTHCOM is woefully underfunded and has few military assets that it could deploy to help buttress American allies in the region. Some U.S. Navy warships should be diverted from other theaters and sent to operate under the command of USSOUTHCOM.

The essential element in this scenario would be American leadership as opposed to direct American military intervention. While this method may take longer and, therefore, prolong human suffering in Venezuela, this is the only viable option. After all, freedom isn’t free, and the United States has had ample evidence over the last several decades that it cannot fight for other peoples’ independence.

The locals must do the heavy-lifting here and the United States being a global power must put pressure on the outside forces (namely Cuba) that are empowering the Maduro regime’s disgusting reign.

That sounds pretty sensible to me. There’s always resentment when US troops are involved, but something needs to be done, and Brazil (and perhaps Colombia) is likely the best one to do it, with US backing and support. Both have borders with Venezuela. Nor would it hurt to have a USN presence to hold the ring.

And as the local superpower, and acting in accordance with long tradition, going back to President Monroe, it is the American role to let our South American neighbors figure out their own problems, without other powers sticking their noses in.

I also note that the hospital ship USNS Comfort is close to wrapping up a mission to various South American countries. It probably should be extended if necessary in the area.

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