The tsunami is being covered by many blogs. In fact, the blogosphere is doing a much better job than the MSM. I'm ready for the United States to leave the UN and to tell the UN to leave the United States. Find a new home in Russia or China. Call us stingy? The ungrateful, small, nasty people that make up a majority of the UN shouldn't be allowed on US soil. Get out, now. Go. And don't let the door hit you in the ass.
Buster's Top Ten is out. Excellent. Buster is .. Buster, son of The Anchoress, slayer of liberal ideology. There are so many other great recent posts by The Anchoress. She recently started using Trackback and comments to her older posts went the way of .. well, they're gone. I'm forewarned. Tae is probably in therapy. Oh, and did I really miss MoDo's comments??? Dang.
Mudville Gazette has a roundup of MilBloggers on the Mosul bombing and Secretary Rumsfeld's Christmas visit.
Michelle Malkin takes Thomas D. Quinn, Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, to task. His ridiculous (insane) dress code for the air marshals is a leading indicator that this man lives in fantasy land. Yes, he's got a career in the Secret Service backing him. So what? There are jerks in the Secret Service, too -- one less since Quinn retired.
Six Navy SEALs are suing the Associated Press. You can find the story here.
The SEALs' legal action doesn't strike me as being particularly helpful -- or smart. Hopefully, someone in Special Operations Command will intervene before this gets even more out of control than it already is.
As much as I detest the slanted reporting of the Associated Press, the problem, in this case, lies with the SEAL who sent pictures of covert operations to his wife who further exacerbated the problem by publishing the pictures to her website.
Apparently, she forgot the part about the World Wide Web being WORLD WIDE -- much as her husband forgot the part about covert operations being COVERT.
My assessment still stands: knucklehead.
In Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer, former KGB Colonel Viktor Cherkashin recounts his "victories" against the United States.
Yet another former KGB officer exposé. I look forward to reading this one. Cherkashin was a master of the game.
Still, I will not be taken in by Cherkashin's account of his intelligence/counterintelligence exploits. I will not be led to believe (falsely) that the "house of mirrors" was owned by the Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti -- as Cherkashin is apt to claim.
The KGB merely shared a lease with the CIA/FBI/NSA. They did not own it.
The DC Cocktail Party Elite, who rip our intelligence community at every opportunity, fawn over the likes of Cherkashin, a high-ranking KGB officer who knew the truth (or were you just stupid, Viktor Ivanovich?), yet sold his soul for trinkets -- a whore for one of the most despotic regimes in history.
I will be skeptical of Cherkashin's account of his handling of Aldrich Ames and Richard Hanssen. With the Venona program in mind (might there not have been other such programs), I will leave room to wonder if the CIA/FBI/NSA might have known of Ames and Hanssen years before they were arrested.
For one look at how the FBI ran circles around the KGB and GRU (post-Venona), I recommend Cassidy's Run. For a sample, you can watch this Booknotes program.
Viktor Ivanovich, when you're done with your chest-thumping; after you've dazzled your audiences with your brilliance; after you've cashed that first royalty check; and as you sit counting your money and polishing your Order of Lenin medallion for the umpteenth time, you are left with these incontrovertible facts:
The United States still stands.
Your beloved Soviet Union -- which President Ronald Reagan so accurately described as the "Evil Empire" -- is no more.
Game. Set. Match.