While Newsstand seems the first to blog about it, Philippine Politics ’04 is suitably impressed and points to the Right Wing blogosphere in the United States (led by the Drudge Report and echoed by Michelle Malkin) feasting on an ABC News story on espionage in the White House (it’s the shotgun approach, the story hurts everyone involved). The ultimate American point of view: thank God it was only the little brown brothers doing it:
“Even though it’s not for the Russians or some other government, the fact that it occurred at the White House is a matter of great concern,” said John Martin, who was the government’s lead espionage prosecutor for 26 years.
My column for today is The “Vision Thing,” the quote taken from George Bush, Senior. Even Dong Puno, it seems, is skeptical about the take-no-prisoners Palace strategy:
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not so sure the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interest is furthered by whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually going on. And if someone tells me the government hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t at all lost focus, that the work of government proceeds unimpeded by the political crisis, that the economy continues to flourish despite all the noise, well, I have a bridge across the Pasig IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to sell.
Ouch. Maybe that’s why Rational Sphere has suddenly gone silent?
There’s an interesting column by Tony Abaya on what military thinking seems to be like these days. The thoughts of a Col. Ricardo Morales, PA, bears close scrutiny: he asserts, for example, in a paper, that,
“…Defeat in the hands of Napoleon compelled the Prussian reformers Ã¢â‚¬â€ Clausewitz, von Stettin, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau Ã¢â‚¬â€ to reexamine and discard Frederick the GreatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outmoded methods and establish the tradition of military excellence that Germany has since been known for… GermanyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defeat during two world wars does not diminish the fact of its military excellence that remains to this day…Ã¢â‚¬Â
Which completely ignores several things, not least the use of Frederick the Great as the inspiration for the Prussian reformers, and how, the supreme articulation of their reformism, an independent Prussian General Staff, was deliberately suppressed by both Hitler and the Allies after World War II, though the present armed forces of Germany was put together by a corps of committed WW2 veterans. Anyway, read Morale’s thoughts, because his thesis that the Philippine military lacks what Abaya says is a “defeat experience” -but then what was the defeat of the coup attempts in 1987 and 1989? In 2003? Anyway… Maybe Max Soliven has the ultimate clue as to why the armed forces remain grumpy, but in their barracks: 40 generals are due to retire next year, and, of course, that means the President gets to create 40 new generals. And that means colonels to replace those promoted to general, and so on up and down the line…
And it seems, a new blog is born: Uniffors (Union of Filipino Foreign Service Officers). Seems all isn’t quiet on the Department of Foreign Affairs front.