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Guest Post: King David’s Military Genius

For those of you who missed it when it was posted here, our friend SlimJim has put it up as a guest post. Thanks, Jim, for giving me the opportunity to have a guest post on your blog.  —LD

The Domain for Truth

Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by  Μιχαήλ.  He is no stranger to some of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here.

As U. S. Marines on the evening of November 6, 2004, prepared for their assault on the terrorist stronghold of Fallujah, a chaplain anointed them with holy oil. Heavy-metal Christian music played on loudspeakers. A young marine stood up to read a verse from the Bible: how King David overcame the Philistines.

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‘King David’s Military Genius’

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Some of you might enjoy this article I wrote for the Chalcedon magazine in 2005, on King David’s generalship. He really was quite good at it.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/king-davids-military-genius

It’s a little long, but so what? It’s Bible history.


Is the CIA Out of Control?

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Sun Tzu said a general or a ruler who refuses to use secret agents is inhuman. All right–in the minefield of international relations, war, and politics, you need inside information so you can make the right decisions.

But I’m also thinking of a quote by George Washington: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.”

What with our Central Intelligence Agency and other intel agencies scrambling to try to undermine our president, they seem to have been too busy to see to their own security. So now Wikileaks is about to unload more than 8,700 confidential U.S. intelligence documents–which show, among other things, that the CIA actively meddled in the 2012 national elections in France ( https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/ ). Was that good faith and justice toward France?

The documents also reveal the CIA’s “covert hacking program,” directed at many targets. You name it, they’ve hacked it.

Two troubling questions arise.

First, is our national intelligence apparatus secure? Doesn’t look it. And that could certainly wind up threatening our national security.

But second, do we now have a CIA that does whatever it freakin’ well pleases, with no accountability to the nation it’s supposed to serve? I don’t know which is worse: an intelligence agency that can’t keep its secrets, or a rogue intelligence agency that pursues its own agenda.

The president and Congress, both of them, have got to see to this. It isn’t safe, and it isn’t right.


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