Don Nichols, far left, in one of the few known pictures of the man
On Tuesday September 19, 2017, The New York Post ran an article written by a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Bing West, titled Missing from Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam’: The Patriotism and Pride of those who Fought.
Mr West asked a mutual friend to pass on the article to me.
I, in turn, recommend it to you and to others you know who might have an objective interest in our war. It is a benchmark piece.
Article that follow, My Lunch With ‘The Spider’ Who Nearly Wrecked the CIA by Christopher Dickey appeared in THE DAILY BEAST, on 26 February 2016. My comments follow at the very end.
"Long before Game of Thrones dubbed its spymaster The Spider,James Jesus Angleton earned that name. His internal witch hunts still leave us wondering—madman, genius, or both?
“Mr. Dickey? This is Jim Angleton.”
I looked at the phone. I wasn’t sure what to say. This was 1978. I was a 26-year-old reporter on the Metro desk of The Washington Post, and James Jesus Angleton was the most famous, or infamous, spy in America.
Wanted Dead or….
This is for all of y’all who might think that the Clintons are basically good and honest people.
I mean one was President of the US for eight years and the other was almost President. Integrity and honesty should be there is some great measure, wouldn’t you think?
CIA spook recalls Thailand’s role in secret war
A 4,000-strong force of US-trained soldiers known as Tahan Sua Pran played a big part in one of the least known victories by allied forces in the Vietnam War
Shakespeare doesn’t always speak to me. Like, I may be hanging around the house, giving the dogs some mid-afternoon treats, killing a few hours just to see them die. I rarely say, think I’ll go grab that Hamlet story and re-read the ghost parts. Now I like the man’s sonnets, I’ve said that before on these pages, but you know you go re-read a Shakespearean sonnet once a year, that’s enough anymore.
I cannot abide TV programming in which there is no quarterback or 3 point shot. Talking heads bore me. And who made politics the number One subject of conversation? Politics per se is boring. And don't try to tell me otherwise. And personalities in politics are interesting to a point, but Jesus, there are more people on the face of this good earth than politicos and wags in WDC.
I don’t play golf anymore. Don’t have any interest in hitting the girlie clubs on the Vegas strip, or even playing poker as much as I did. And you know we have Alma in our lives now and around the house there are no chores to do. None. Zero.
I got friends out in the world who ever month or so send me suggestions for books to read - or they send me books - and I do my duty there. I read books people send me… and sometimes even enjoy them… well that’s not true, I always enjoy them. Only with some of these books, it takes hours of reading - and focus - before you can appreciate them, you know what I mean? Heavy lifting. I get brain fodder much more than I get fun reads.
I probably read a book a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. And I certainly have my favorites.
Northern Rhodesia had a drastically different history from Southern Rhodesia, as discussed in Rant # 128.
At a time most of the African colonies of England, France and Portugal were being given their independence Northern Rhodesia was joined with what was then called Nyasaland by the British gov’t to facilitate handling/management of post WW II regional problems.
These two countries did not have a large white population and the vast majority of native Africans objected to the merge. In 1964, yielding to popular demand, Northern Rhodesia became independent Zambia and Nyasaland became independent Malawi.
They entered the international community of countries without much experience in the ways of the industrial west.
I’m sure there is a special place in heaven reserved for those who have never used the F-word. I will never get near that place. Nor, apparently, will Dick Cheney.