Obama Moves Off Political Sidelines, Earlier Than He Expected – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/us/politics/obama-2020-candidates.html

I thought this was exactly what the Trump voters wanted: to burn down the system. The average American may not think that, but, apparently, the average American doesn’t vote.

«“The average American doesn’t think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake it,” said Mr. Obama»

Prince Andrew’s Oblivious Jeffrey Epstein Interview – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/11/prince-andrew-oblivious-jeffrey-epstein-interview/602179/

The very rich are not like you and me.

«Andrew’s sister, Anne, refused royal titles for her children, as she was determined to bring them up outside the royal bubble. Andrew did not: His daughters are princesses. At her wedding last year, the younger one, Eugenie, chose a reading from The Great Gatsby, which she said reminded her of her future husband. “He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly,” observes the novel’s narrator, Nick Carraway, in the section of the novel read out by her sister, Beatrice. “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.”

How delightful—except that the man Carraway is describing is Jay Gatsby, a con man who weasels his way into high society through flattery and charm. “They were careless people,” writes F. Scott Fitzgerald of two of The Great Gatsby’s other characters, Tom and Daisy. “They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”»

MORE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN KILLED BY GUNS SINCE SANDY HOOK THAN U.S. SOLDIERS IN COMBAT SINCE 9/11

https://www.newsweek.com/gun-violence-children-killed-sandy-hook-military-soldiers-war-terror-911-848602

«Over 17 years of combat, the U.S. has lost 6,929 soldiers. Including Department of Defense civilians killed overseas, that number grows to 6,950.


In the five years and three months since the December 14, 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 first graders and six adults with an AR-15-style rifle, about 7,000 children have died by gunfire. Though the exact figure is unclear, it rivals the tally of U.S. military deaths overseas—in 11 fewer years.»

Dropping military rules of engagement has unexpected consequences

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1196632262932123649.html

«The problem is — it doesn’t work. “We could win of we could fight like they fight” is top to bottom false. 

There are hundreds, thousands, of Russian soldiers who have died unacknowledged in Ukraine, in Syria because they were fighting under rules of engagement that made them disposable. The rows & rows of unmarked graves just across the border from Ukraine tell that truth.»