Mitt Romney: enabling the PRC’s foreign adventurism?

    There’s a lot to talk about with regard to last night’s debate, but I want to drill down on this unforced error made by Team Romney. It’s… subtle, but it’s going to hurt Mitt in unexpected ways. Via the CNN debate transcript (via Ben Domenech’s Transom) comes this fascinating discussion of alternative methods of funding humanitarian aid: COOPER: Governor Romney, should foreign aid be eliminated? | Read More »

    Mitt Romney: enabling the PRC’s foreign adventurism?

    There’s a lot to talk about with regard to last night’s debate, but I want to drill down on this unforced error made by Team Romney. It’s… subtle, but it’s going to hurt Mitt in unexpected ways. Via the CNN debate transcript (via Ben Domenech’s Transom) comes this fascinating discussion of alternative methods of funding humanitarian aid: COOPER: Governor Romney, should foreign aid be eliminated? | Read More »

    American Support in Haiti

    Earlier this month, a massive earthquake struck the small island-nation of Haiti, producing catastrophic damage in and around its capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake has caused immeasurable human suffering.  Although the total devastation is still unknown, approximately 100,000 people have been killed and more than two million people have been left homeless. During such a time of great peril and human suffering, the American | Read More »

    A Labor Day OCP Wrap-up

    Preface: With Gustav battering the Gulf Coast, the GOP convention all but on hold, and most political rhetoric toned down for a day or two, I thought this an appropriate lull to present my final post on Operation Continuing Promise. Also, since this is Labor Day, consider what your armed forces are doing: securing the peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, mobilizing to clean up the | Read More »

    All Politics Are Personal

    Part XI in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries)  Regularly Updated Photostream Here. This humanitarian mission has a macro-level motive, of course. “Soft power,” diplomatic and humanitarian efforts like this one, undertaken to “win the hearts and minds” of populations, has become an integral part of global security strategy. In short, we’d rather prevent an | Read More »

    Nicaraguan Army Chief of Staff Visits USS Kearsarge to Thank Operation Continuing Promise Personnel

    Part X in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries)  Regularly Updated Photostream Here (Unfortunately, that security issue wasn’t quite worked out, so no new photos uploaded since last RS post) Nicaraguan Army Chief of Staff Major General Javier Aviles paid a visit to Puerta Cabezas and came aboard the USS Kearsarge for a press conference | Read More »

    One Day in Betania

    Part IX in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries)  Regularly Updated Photostream Here 0500: Alarm clock goes off. 0515: Dressed and in the Wardroom for breakfast. Groggy. Coffee. Eggs freshly scrambled by the short-order cook with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cheese. Five strips of bacon. French toast. Coffee. Malaria pill with tall glass of | Read More »

    This Voyage is Made of Awesome… (Part 2)

    Part VIII in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, & VII)Regularly Updated (Finally Fixed) Photostream Here They’d been cutting boards and climbing scaffolding and shooting nails and digging post holes and mounting hundreds of feet of chain-link fence all day. The weather was perfect for sitting in the shade, chewin’ the fat, and crackin’ a cold one | Read More »

    This Voyage is Made of Awesome… (Part 1)

    Part VII in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, IV, V, & VI)Regularly Updated Photostream Here (Network glitch is fixed! New photos from the past five days will be posted late tonight. Check back tomorrow for the most current compilation.) The great experience of positive human interaction and sharing a moment of good will cannot but leave all involved a | Read More »

    Is that a stethoscope? Or a hidden mic?

    Part VI in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, IV, & V)Regularly Updated Photostream Here (Unfortunately, a network glitch on the Navy end bars me from uploading more photos temporarily. Will be fixed soon.) Danny Ortega, leader of the communist Sandinista party that caused so much trouble in the 1980s, got himself elected president thanks to Hugo Chavez’s petro dollars. | Read More »

    The New Colossus, Globetrotting

    Part V in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, & IV)Regularly Updated Photostream Here (a glitch in the ship’s internet security currently bars my uploading more photos. Will be fixed soon.) The people came. And came. Some came in their Sunday finest — ladies in nice summer dresses with floral prints and gentlemen wearing their dress shoes in the mud. | Read More »

    The Work About to be Done

    Part IV in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, & III)Regularly Updated Photostream Here The USS Kearsarge is abuzz as we pulled into Nicaraguan waters and weighed anchor. We go ashore today, in and around the town of Puerta Cabeza. The promise of this mission exceeds my expectations. The medical team has been prepping pills — counting them out from bulk | Read More »

    Sunday Aboard the Kearsarge

    Part III in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, & II)Regularly Updated Photostream Here Eternal Father, strong to save,Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deepIts own appointed limits keep;Oh, hear us as we cry to Thee,For all in peril on the sea. — from the Navy Hymn The vessel gently lolls to and fro under me. I | Read More »

    The Beginnings of Hope

    Part II in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise. The “NGO Cafe” came online yesterday. The two IT guys who run the ship’s network have done awesome work to get us our own space with a level of internet freedom and access that is denied to the ship’s crew — we can actually look at our gmail. Earlier this morning Capt. Frank Ponds, Commander | Read More »