The 1st Rule of Security

Just some short thoughts today as I am on my way to some medical follow-ups n my knee and hopefully some other meetings.

122016-lon109-turkeyrussianambasaThe assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey yesterday was the fear of every security service in the world. It’s even a plot line from a Tom Clancy novel (Executive Orders). There is almost no defense against an inside job. I guarantee you today that every Secret Service Agent we have is undergoing an urgent review to see if the background checks and constant updates have missed anything. What’s more is that none of them will be offended by it because they know the first rule of security: Only people you trust can hurt you.

Putin’s ultimate response will be telling. The Turkish government cannot be happy about this, nor can they be all that upset. But a diplomatic row – just like this one – can start a world war if it isn’t handled correctly. Not that it will, but it is the kind of spark that could lead to bigger problems unless people slow down and think. Just like they didn’t in 1914.

After all the hoopla and videos and protests there is one inescapable fact that must be faced about yesterdays Electoral College vote to make Donald Trump the next President. And that is that Donald Trumps election has done more to educate the American people on how and why we have the Electoral College than any history class or college professor in the last century.

Also, if the election had gone the other way, we would be hearing lectures from progressives about how the Electoral College “saved” us.

122016-c0dkolgukaakndtMost of you know that know that for most of my life prior to 2008, I was closely associated with The Salvation Army. My parents are retired Officers, my sister is an officer and many – too many to count – of my friends are officers. Once upon a time (it was the 2nd biggest mistake I ever made) I was also an Salvation Army Officer. For all of that, my favorite part of The Salvation Army grinding schedule was Christmas Kettles. It was always a fun time for me personally, even though it was a lot – and I mean a LOT – of work. I’ve always said that if there was a way to get every person who walked by a kettle once to put in a dollar, the Army could do even more.

All of that to say that it was pretty cool to see Ezekiel Elliot jump into the giant kettle after scoring on Sunday night. I’m no Cowboys fan, but I did enjoy that and I am surprised that nobody had done it before. I am told by those who track such things that donations to kettles were up significantly after his jump into the Kettle. Well done. And if you happen to pass a kettle today, why not put in a dollar? It will do the most good.



Posted on December 20, 2016, in News & Notes and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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