The Panama Papers

“And I sought for a man….”

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

Ezekiel 22:30

How many more?  How many more world leaders, how many American leaders are involved in tax evasion and corruption? How many American names are listed within the trove of documents known as the Panama Papers?

We are seeking for that man.  That one man.

In the halls of power, greed, and avarice, does he exist?


Islamic State: A sub-state decentralized model

*The following is in the queue for Turkey Tribune:

When my second son was still in diapers I joined the Naval Reserves as a direct commission officer.  The process was rigorous. There were interviews with recruiters and peer interviews with nurse corps officers. A physical exam and an investigation to determine if I was mentally fit to receive a secret clearance was initiated.  After eight months I received the call to duty.  My commission was authorized and I was sent to the uniform shop during officer training school to purchase my combat fatigues, khaki, and formal dress uniform.  It was duly noted that my clearance was still a work in progress. The investigation had not concluded. This little conveyance was brought home in shock-and-awe fashion shortly thereafter when attending Fleet Hospital Operations and Training Command (FHOTC) at Camp Pendleton, California.  A newly minted officer was sent home from the field. He had lied on his paperwork regarding a juvenile record involving an act of vandalism. Direct commissions are earned. The award of the same requires high ethics practically dating back to childhood.

For many years, service on behalf of my nation brought deep enrichment and appreciation for the culture of professionalism nurtured within our branches of service.  On any given day, I could look at a chain of command and see myself (mostly at the bottom!) and where I stood with the leadership above me; all of the way to the Secretary of the Navy and on to the President of the United States as Commander in Chief. The C2 (command and control) environment not only worked effectively and efficiently but it was also a guard against those with predatory personalities who wished to join our ranks.

We are told as journalists not to insert ourselves into the story.  But the initial  two paragraphs of a personal nature are written with purpose.  You must completely understand my stance regarding Islamic State.

While Islamic State might show mirror aspects of legally recognized professional standing armies, Islamic State will never have our respect. They provide for a sub-state decentralized model for activation of their operations.  Therein, lies the hydra for lack of accountability, unethical behavior, and our recognition of a lack of a (real and not contrived) state of war readiness.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has received too much press.  His rank is not earned.  You cannot GIVE yourself rank. It is earned when a jury of your peers convenes a board of inquiry. It is earned, when you have spent several years within one ranking designation which allows you to learn what is required prior to the award of the next rank.

His discipline is harsh against those who raise voice against his aggression.  This is a far cry from military justice, which requires a court martial with charges (and lesser included offenses) laid out  based on the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). He also rapes women. Read my lips. He rapes women.

The decentralized model of operations required for transnational acts of terrorism allows for a recruitment program which does not vet for ethical behavior. Rather recruits are probed for vulnerability and the psychological weaknesses required for manipulation.  My best guess is that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a classic sociopath.  There is no doubt he is above average intelligence. Yet he is hostis humani generis. He is an “enemy of mankind”. His recruiters seek out the psychologically weak and willing.  No truly sane person would waste their life strolling up to Christian women and children on a playground and leave a mosaic of flesh on neighboring homes. No truly sane person would target innocent travelers lined up at the Belgium airport.  And should we claim there is sanity involved, can we at least note  these acts as completely dishonorable – hostis humani generis?

Would Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and any of his cohorts seek out  a direct commission in the U.S. military (or perhaps, the Islamic Republic of Turkey) they would be dispatched home from training at the beginning point of a field investigation. They would be found psychologically unfit.  And most likely, a bread crumb of criminal behavior dating from childhood would be easy enough to find. Abu Bakr probably stole bread from a blind person when he was eight years old. You get my drift.

But indeed, Islamic  State provides for a sub-state decentralized model of operations. Fanned out across the nations are the recruiters. Mission does not begin with vision, as noted in our professional standing armies. Mission swirls around available recruits.  Mission is not anchored with stewardship of process, the constraints of our treaties amongst each other nor the satisfaction which comes from allowing our character to deepen by what is forged by military leadership.  Islamic State mission is anchored in maximum carnage for maximum gain.

In Islamic fashion, you should wish for your brother what you would wish for yourself.  As a member of a uniformed military service in Turkey, Pakistan, or beyond, you should wish that your brother would cease to don suicide vests and kill the innocent.  You should wish that your brother would not spend his idle hours building a Mother of Satan bomb. You should wish that your brother would not embark on some glorious notion of jihad which has less to do with glory and more to do with his lack of common sense. And you should wish that Islam did not have such a horrible public relations disaster on her hands each time we hear of the next kaboom, imagine a human torch,  or mass grave in Palmyra.

So as a military member working under a legally recognized chain of command, as a man or a woman who has taken an oath to protect and defend the sovereignty of your nation and your people, what is your part?  It is quite simple.  Follow orders. Do not wince when engaged in operations such as the ones being undertaken in Pakistan today.  And most importantly, shed no tears for those you are asked to bring to justice.

Journalist note: I was the Commandant for this two-day training evolution.

US Naval Reserves Field Training



Cross Pollination of Thought

Over the years blog journalists have attained a passion, professionalism and reporting style which can no longer be matched in many quarters.  Here are two current examples:

Conservative Tree House

Western Hero

Freedom of expression is alive and well in the blog kingdom.  Develop a voracious appetite for reading. And as you do so, read left, right, and center.  To only read that with which you concur is to become to native; to never “leave the reservation”.


Tammy Swofford

The Children of LtCol Kato Martinez and Gail Minglana Martinez

As a former LCDR in the US Naval Reserves who had certification in Advanced Burn Life Support I have maintained a strong interest in learning the status of the four children of Lieutenant Colonel Kato Martinez and his wife Gail (killed in the Brussels attack).

The news is tragic

All four children suffered severe burns.  On initial survey of burns, a “rule of nines” is used to determine how much intravenous fluid to administer over the first twenty-four hours of care.  If facial burns are noted, rapid sequence intubation is usually required to maintain a patent airway.

Further down the road: the removal of eschar and the long slow process of skin grafts and physical therapy.

First of all, let me note the obvious:

Daddy is in the ICU.  The children are severely burned. Mom is dead.

Please take a moment and enter “children with facial burns” into a search engine.

View a few images. Imagine the Martinez children lit up like human torches.  And as you imagine the same, view the calm nonchalant looks on the faces of the Brussels bombers as they pushed their Mother of Satan bombs into the Brussels airport.

Think there is no real hell?  Tell that to the Martinez family.

Meanwhile, a friend showed me images  of American military dependents (wives, children, and family pets) being air-lifted out of Turkey this week due to mandatory evacuation orders.   Diplomatic personnel are also only allowed to move about for things which are “mission critical”.

Think Islam is a religion of Peace?  George W fed us a bunch of bull.

Yes, the Martinez children have lost a mother. Yes, LtCol Martinez has lost his wife and is left with children who are suffering in tremendous manner, perhaps even still in a battle for their own lives.

Until…. until bodies are floating down the Thames – Europe and the Western stable powers will not engage the necessary legal (and non-Draconian) means to address Islam in a digital and transnational age.

Perhaps bodies will float down the Thames.  Should it be considered any worse a fate than what has happened to four beautiful American children? I think not.  And I await the floating “parade”.










America: Wherein Christian Faith Still Resides

Next week my husband will take a small day trip to pick up the best carrot cake in the world.  ($48.00 plus tax)

This vibrant Christian community provides a reminder of our Christian roots which flow out from a community which provides a sustainable base for the families. The young are cherished and the elderly are provided for in Biblical manner.  The Bible teaches to “rise up in the presence of the elderly”.  When we visit Heritage Homestead we see the admonition in play. We also observed tenets of Christian faith in three-dimensional display.

This location provides for a pleasant and affordable lunch experience. Multiple outlying building allow time to browse through a gift shop, pottery barn, textile factory, iron works and woodworking areas,  etc.  The quilts which are handmade by the young ladies are works of art and yes, you have to pay handsomely for the time investment in what is a labor of love.

The experience provided when visiting this Christian community (we have visited many times) is a reminder of faith in action.  That action, chooses an investment in Jesus’ love.

America!  A place where Christian faith not only remains, but Christian faith takes a quiet stand.

Community portrayal video

The video is ten minutes in length. The cinematography is excellent. John Donne is also quoted, and he remains one of my favorite poets.

Snippet from my e mail today

Dear Tammy,

Yes, the terror attacks in Brussels make the rumblings of the artillery creep closer. Brussels is an architecturally beautiful, rich in history and a highly civilized city and the act of disrupting life there – as was also the case in the Paris attack – affects one emotionally.  Being a few hours drive from Amsterdam, I have been there frequently on day trips both for pleasure and for professional stints.  On occasions I have taken visitors on a day trip for sightseeing to the Belgian capital.
The politics of Europe is in acute disarray.  For too long, the policy of political correctness – actually it has been the inability to take tough decisions – has allowed the growth of dangerous – frankly put traitorous – elements within the society.  This has allowed Islamic radicals to establish powerful operational bases. The dragon seeds then sowed are now in the flowering mode.  I saw this happening in the late 60s and the 70s in the Netherlands.  It is now – after Paris and Brussels – that the home politics in the Netherlands is getting dominated by the security dimension.  After being tolerant to intolerance for all this time, one is finally recognizing that not all cultures have a similar basis for human interaction. I am sorry to see this happening but am only a leaf in the storm.
* The above, written by a retired biochemist who was a loyal fan of my columns when I wrote for Daily Times Pakistan.

Brookings Institution Researchers offer up a Premature Ejaculation

After 9/11 I submitted a manuscript to Foreign Affairs Magazine, “Islam as Government”.  My rejection letter from a deputy editor opined there was no way the magazine could publish my piece, in light of the current climate.  Apparently, the climate has never really changed.

The 24 March issue of Foreign Affairs features an article by Brookings Institution “researchers” William McCants and Christopher Meserole.  In an article distastefully titled, “The French Connection” the authors offer up a premature ejaculation. “Our report is still preliminary and hasn’t been vetted well by peers yet. It’s also based on a very small dataset and should be taken cautiously. That said, we went public with our results early because our initial findings suggest a strong relationship, one we can’t fully explain, between Francophone countries and foreign fighter radicalization”, Meserole told France 24.

Premature Ejaculation

In all honesty, what is really at stake is intellectual dishonesty.  I hate… intellectual dishonesty more than lying, thievery, and throw in adultery.

It must also be noted, who butters Brooking’s bread and funds the researchers.

McCants and Meserole will always have a job

Track with me through what is now the jihad of the month club:  Paris, Egypt, San Bernardino, Brussels and now Lahore.

Read my lips.  The problem is with a text and compendium of thought which is so incendiary that the adherents of the same are willing to set the world on fire.

The authors wrote, “The French approach to secularism is more aggressive than, say, the British approach.  France and Belgium, for example, are the only two countries in Europe to ban the full veil in their public schools.”

Oh my Gosh!  If only we had not banned the facial veil in America, so many would not have perished on 9/11.   Skidding halt!  Put on the brakes!  America has not banned the facial veil.  (But we should, in fact, do so. The facial veil worn in the West is a statement of militancy and future conquest.)  A few yards of cloth is not what separates Muslim women from the rest of the world.  What separates us is beyond physical borders and geography, and akin to adversarial kingdoms. But in the truest sense, the kingdom of peace is being assaulted by a kingdom built upon death. Radicalization does not come from French political culture. What is happening across the world, the assault on the innocent, is based on Islamic doctrinal norms.

I damn hate intellectual dishonesty.

Before Muslims migrated to the West and experienced the French national language, before migration to the West and high unemployment rates and urbanization, Muslims were conquering the known world with a speed and adaptability which blazed through the Persian and Byzantine Empires, across the Indian sub-continent and to the gates of Vienna. Muhammad killed Jews, burned date palm groves, poisoned wells, ordered eyes put out, and took captive women as booty of war. He ordered the death by stoning of a woman who was adulterous, and he approved of suicide missions. There is no Geneva Convention regarding Islam and acts of war.

In the 21st century we face a grave danger of eventual annihilation of our way of life. Islam in a digital age is like a baboon on speed.  Don’t get in the way. And definitely, hide. Radicalization begins with text and stories (Hadith) and it then incubates within whichever space it finds itself. Radicalization is not geospatial in the truest sense of the word.  The space, merely provides for incubation of the thought life and it then provides a place for active outflow from the thought life.

McCants and Meserole  are running an intellectual false flag operation with hastily and poorly constructed conceptual arches. I doubt they even grasp a concept such as Dar al-Ahd.

Let them continue to collect their paychecks.