Middle East Strategy and Obama

Iranian Nuclear Deal - Middle East Strategy - Aegis Academy“You made some comments in the newsletter introduction last week about Obama’s speech at the UN. While there is no shortage of critics of Obama’s lack of a strategy in the region [Middle East] what I don’t see is anyone offering an intelligent alternative. What do you think we should do in the Middle East?”. ~ Don K.

Don, thanks for the question. First and foremost, as most of you are aware, I consider Obama’s foreign policy to be his largest failing and undoubtedly view our actions in the Middle East through that lens. Despite that caveat, I will attempt to explain a thought process I do not agree with, while pointing out competing opinions on the subject.

The most common mistake I see people make when discussing Obama’s strategy in the Middle East is to claim that it does not exist. That is very different from claiming it is … Read more »

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Risk analysis and mitigation

Risk analysis and mitigation from a travel security perspective

Aegis Academy-Travel Security-Risk Analysis-Risk MitigationThe most common and unfortunate state of mind people adopt is that protection is the responsibility of someone else. You can personally exert an extraordinary amount of influence over your own safety and security by controlling your actions. Adopting the mindset that your personal safety and security is up to you is the first step in improving your chances. The next step is learning how to evaluate risk, and implement actions and controls to maintain and advantage in any environment. The first step is analyzing risk.

Finding the “right” risk metrics

In risk analysis, the first and most critical step is to choose a quality data set. The greatest gift the Internet has given us is a vast supply of information on demand. Unfortunately, much of it consists of un-researched opinion, or worse pure fabrication. When completing personal security risk analysis, … Read more »

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The New York SAFE Act – Largely Upheld by the Federal Courts

New York SAFE Act, Cuomo, Gun Control,    Here are a few thoughts on the recent New York SAFE Act decision, which was challenged, and largely upheld by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Of note was the courts decision to strike down the seven round limit as “arbitrary”. While that has been clear to all but the authors of this bill for quite some time, the effect of this judgment (the most recent federal interpretation of the second amendment) has granted wide powers to the state of New York to impose severe restrictions on the rights of its citizens via the New York SAFE Act. Specifically, it establishes federal precedent for the the following, which are constitutional issues:

– Registration of all privately owned weapons does not constitute infringement.

– Capacity limitations do not constitute infringement – or at least 10 rounds is acceptable, however a 7 round restriction is considered … Read more »

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Is this the education our children deserve?

Hitler Youth

Lying to children in an educational environment to push a political agenda has been done throughout history, but that is not the America we purport to live in. Here are excerpts from an assignment at the Northeast Middle School given to an 8th grade class.

“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms.”

Actually, that is wholly untrue. DC Vs. Heller, specifically and repeatedly incorporates the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. It does go on to state that the right has reasonable limits, but it is crystal clear that federal districts do not have the right to excessively restrict gun ownership because it is an individual right of the citizens.

If the teacher missed that landmark case, perhaps she should have looked at McDonald Vs. Chicago, which expanded the Heller case to the states finding that … Read more »

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