Patterico's Pontifications

9/2/2007

The State of the Mexican Nation is … Expanding

Filed under: Immigration — DRJ @ 5:58 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

From Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s first State of the Nation speech delivered today:

President Felipe Calderon blasted U.S. immigration policies on Sunday and promised to fight harder to protect the rights of Mexicans in the U.S., saying “Mexico does not end at its borders.” The criticism earned Calderon a standing ovation during his first state-of-the nation address.

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The Professional Warrior in a Free Society

Filed under: Miscellaneous — DRJ @ 11:42 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Driver, who comments here on occasion, hosts a blog that covers a wide range of topics: Music, education, politics, and the military. I learned a great deal from a recent entry entitled “On Sheepdogs …” which links to a fascinating Atlantic article by Robert D. Kaplan, “Rereading Vietnam.”

Kaplan is a professor at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman “calls Kaplan among the four ‘most widely read’ authors defining the post-Cold War (along with Francis Fukuyama, Harvard Prof. Samuel Huntington, and Yale Prof. Paul Kennedy).” His Atlantic article is excellent and worth the read. In it, he reflects on the role and attitudes of the professional soldier/warrior by reviewing the books they read and write:

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