Jan 062020

You don’t have to spend very much time on BoWilliams.com to determine that I’m no fan of President Trump. I didn’t vote for him in 2016. I’m not voting for him this year. He is a jackass. He’s the biggest boob to ever sit in the office.

However, I have also pointed out from time to time that I have not considered his administration a complete disaster. And I think Trump has, for the most part, had consistent clarity on the Middle East.

I am angry. Whatever else is true of President Trump, I am confident from his words and actions that the United States is again at war with radical Islamists who lust for American blood. We must continue working to make the punishment for spilling it in the name of Allah so severe that no one would dare it. – Bo Williams, September 11, 2017

Just as one example, shall we compare the size of ISIS-held and controlled land on January 20, 2017 and today?

Which brings us to the Trump-ordered UAS attack on and resulting death of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. He was the commander of the Quds Force, which is primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.

Sounds like the sort of fella who needs killin’ to me.

Or did you forget that Iran is a brutal, bloodthirsty regime that has been openly hostile to the United States and her interests for the past 40 years? That Americans have died in the name of this hostility?

Trump has presented this strike as a response to attacks that have already occurred, but also as a prophylactic measure against future attacks. Furthermore (and this is a concatenation of three tweets):

Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters. He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran &  the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats! – Donald Trump, January 4, 2020

Sounds fine to me. Also seems like a good time for a favorite quote from a grumpy old Brit:

We’re pussies about enemy nations, embarking on decades-long, trillion-dollar campaigns to make them love us, instead of quick ten-million-dollar lessons in why they should fear us. Why? Because we seek love and approval, like the furrowed-brow, teary-eyed, compassionate pansies we are. – John Derbyshire

There is a time for nuance in foreign policy. There is no place for it in controlling radical Islam. Whatever Trump’s other failures, I remain confident he understands that.

 Posted by at 10:29 am
Dec 282019

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Lea, the boys, and took in an afternoon matinee of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at Cinemark today.

As longtime readers know, eight days after release isn’t my style, but you have to see a Star Wars film quickly if you don’t want anything ruined for you. Indeed, there was actually a small detail that was already spoiled for me heading into this viewing. (But rest assured, you’ll find none below.)

We’ve been told several times that this is the final installment of the Skywalker saga, so Episode IX is saddled with some housekeeping. It never feels overly administrative, though. There is plenty of room in its 2:22 run time to tie things up and still provide plenty of Star Wars-style action and narrative.

As with the previous two films, the familiar and the new are skillfully woven together. There is respect for what has come before (and the deft use of musical cues from across the film series deserves specific mention here). However, canon is also augmented fearlessly. Old friends return warmly and authentically, and we make a few new ones as well.

There is another brilliant turn from Daisy Ridley as Rey, with good (though mostly ancillary) work from Oscar Isaac and John Boyega. I was a little disappointed with what I perceived to be a diminished role for Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. I think she may have been “Jar Jar”ed a bit in this script because of particularly nasty online reaction to her work in the previous film, which is unfortunate indeed.

The discord among some fans that began in earnest with Episode VIII has continued with this one, and I have no patience for it. Best I can tell, the films tell a story, and some malcontents somehow think they’re owed a different story, or that the creative team’s respect for the Star Wars universe is insufficient, or both. Then, as now, my response is: why bother watching them if you already know how they’re “supposed” to go?

This is another excellent film, and I stand by my from-the-beginning assertion that Disney acquiring Star Wars is the best thing that could have happened to it. The Skywalker story may have concluded, but we’ll have marvelous additions to the universe to enjoy for the rest of our lives.


 Posted by at 8:57 pm
Nov 202019

Citing an agreement that committed it through 2018, Chick-fil-A announced Monday it would not give to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army going forward. Beginning in 2020, Chick-fil-A will give to a smaller number of organizations focusing on education, homelessness, and hunger. Additionally: …the Foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and […]

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Oct 302019

Folks, let’s go over something real quick, OK? This… Person 1: “We should support government-funded Good Thing!” Person 2: “I might be on board with Good Thing, but is the government really the best agent to supply it?” Person 1: “WHY ARE YOU AGAINST GOOD THING?!?!?!” …is ridiculous. And all too common.

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