Opinion – US should clean up its own human rights issues – Global Times – John Gelmini

English: CIA Exceptional Service Medallion.

English: CIA Exceptional Service Medallion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The American dream is not dead but whilst for some very bright Americans it is possible to make life changing amounts of money, for others it is more difficult to break through.

I have always believed that people in glass houses should not throw stones and that we should not seek to lecture the Chinese or anyone else about human rights unless we can honestly say that we are purer than the driven snow.

Clearly, we have engaged in draconian measures to deal with terrorists, both by legislation and other more nefarious activities.

Much of the legislation like the Patriot Act and the related snooping catches not just the people who should be in the cross hairs but all sorts of people who really should be left to go about their business.

It should be possible to eliminate grandmothers, small children and law abiding citizens and then focus relentlessly on jihadists, bogus imans, traitors and seditionists.

This can be done by closing down rogue mosques, cancelling their charitable status if the sermons preached there are not in accordance with the Koran or the law of the land.

Rogue imans, people who openly march and demonstrate for Global Caliphates are traitors whether they live here in the UK or in America or anywhere else.

The penalty for treason should be death and the penalties for sympathizers and seditionists should be internment and very hard labour under remote and austere conditions.

The Chinese are not saints but if we must lecture then we need to be a lot cleaner than we are and have the sense to do it sotto voce behind closed doors.

As things stand, both we and them have an interest in dealing with the threat posed by a Global Caliphate in the making.

John Gelmini

The Abuse of Strategy

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I admire President Obama for declaring that he didn’t have a strategy. Although not a natural supporter of Obama’s policies, I believe that he understands and respects strategy. This is important because strategy really matters, and often makes a difference in a fundamental way. If leaders get the strategy wrong, it triggers weakness and often a cancerous state of decay.

From my own vantage, as an expert in delivering strategy, I have seen enormous abuse of strategy. Also with a keen interest in twentieth century history, I have seen political leaders and their military make grave errors of strategy. Strategic errors in wars are often catastrophic.

Too many leaders regard strategy as about planning alone. They ignore execution and delivery. Delivery of an effective strategy often leads to winning or losing, whether it’s military, political or in business.

Let’s look at a couple of examples.

When Bush and Blair made the military case to invade Iraq, they did not have an effective strategy. The generals were focused on winning militarily but it seems that nobody focused on the exit strategy and the full consequences. In contrast, President Obama has an excellent command of English and he understands that strategy has many dimensions.

My second example is the absence of an effective of an effective energy strategy in Europe. The European Commission (EC) publishes papers with the “strategy” word but for me this is abuse. The bureaucrats at the European Commission are frequently biased, often consumed with a passion to address green issues and regulatory matters; But the EC  has failed to identify the consequences of no effective energy strategy. Of course, the real blame rests with the political leaders – they are often too focused on short-term political gain.

I shall return with further thoughts on strategy…