Clarifying the System and Authorities to Classify Information–Trump Followed the Law

Source: A Son of the New American Revolution.

I don’t necessarily endorse the writer’s theory, but the piece provides some background that may help those who are unfamiliar with security clearance policies and procedures, especially the applicable Executive Order.

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Ukraine – the situation (August 10, 2022)

Source: Asia Times.

Russia continues to expand its footprint in Ukraine, relentlessly accomplishing its goal of “demilitarizing” the country. Two items of particular note in the current SITREP are:

  • Ukrainian propaganda boasting of a major counteroffensive is debunked.
  • Amnesty International accused the Ukrainian military of war crimes.

Several SITREP analysts I’ve been following have stopped publishing their reports because, in their view, Ukraine has already lost the war. My own view is that the final outcome of military engagements is always in doubt until it isn’t.

I believe Ukraine should stop fighting and concede to any territorial demands Russia might make. The reason is simple: Ukraine can lose territory at the expense of many lives, or it can lose territory without incurring the death of Ukrainian men, women and children.

The Virtues of Stock Buybacks

Source: Wall Street Journal.

The writers lament that stock buybacks are misunderstood and unfairly criticized. Also, the new tax on stock repurchasing will harm shareholders and the economy.

Stock buybacks are a topic I have never learned anything about. As an investor who has sold parts of my portfolio from time to time, I just assumed that companies repurchasing their own shares merely added to the number of buyers that made it easier for me to sell what I wanted to sell. I found a helpful explainer in Forbes that presents a more sophisticated view of the topic.

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The President Needs the Power to Fire Bureaucrats

Source: Wall Street Journal.

I have long been an advocate of Civil Service accountability, as is the writer of this story.

Although he doesn’t mention it, I believe the Senior Executive Service within the Civil Service would be an appropriate focal point for accountability reforms. According to Wikipedia, SES personnel serve “in key positions just below the top presidential appointees as a link between them and the rest of the federal (civil service) workforce.” Thus, they are the people who mentor the political appointees in the operations of the bureaucracies they head, as well as having the authority to compel proper, non-partisan performance within the agencies they serve.

End of the Republic

Source: Frontpage Mag.

The writer’s prediction that the republic has ended strikes me as premature, but his substantive analysis will no doubt resonate with many Americans. How, for example, are the powers that be going to square their lack of concern over Hillary Clinton’s improper possession of classified documents with ordering the FBI to raid Donald Trump’s home for the same alleged offense?

I expect the classified documents question will turn out to be a tempest in a teapot. I’ll be watching to see whether it turns into something real, or whether kabuki politics has truly become the last reality of our system.

Make Freedom of Speech Liberal Again

Source: Wall Street Journal.

In a way, current debates over free speech are really debates over the natural limits on effectiveness of the institutions of government and society. This is because: If you want free speech you must have a culture that tolerates it (you personally must tolerate it; all your neighbors, too). The institutions of government and society can be imbued with that culture, but they cannot realistically create it.

The interviewee in the WSJ piece, Nadine Strossen, seems to be keenly aware of this puzzle, even if she doesn’t say so in exactly that way.

Russian Spies Were Behind Black Nationalist Protest Groups

Source: Frontpage Mag.

The great Daniel Greenfield documents recent events in an old KGB project. The labor movement of the early 1900s and the civil rights movement of the mid 1900s were both heavily infiltrated by and influenced by Russian communist/KGB activists. It should be no surprise to anyone that today’s Left is the weird offspring of the same “active measures” program.