ISIS EMARAT AFGHANISTAN: US And Its Allies Achieve Success in Afghanistan

The invaders and their internal supporters always talk about democracy and achievements in Afghanistan and bring them to the country. But this question arises in what happened in the past half of a decade, with the invasion, they won. Is the state-owned landscaping, robbery and drug trafficking in government vehicles? Does not exist in schools of clinics, clinics, soldiers and militias? Are generals in Urdu not sold? The deputy speaker of parliament is accused of the parliament and he is accused of corruption. Is Evolutionary And The Old Culture Disclosed And Troubled With Holy Spirit? These are the things that Kabul administration officials themselves can not deny daily. Four million people in the country are addicted to heroin and the number increases on day-by-day.

Who does not have a lunch box but some have luxury in Dubai and Europe.
Does the administration and officials of this administration organize national interest and not loyal to foreign interests and do not develop their manifestations? Which country does it all return to? Every Afghan should think.

On the other hand, the prisoners of the country are filled with one another name, Afghans are tortured and tortured by a common confession, and the prisoners who are expelled from the closing period are released. In the years of the year’s closure, the democracy and human rights assistants believe that there is nothing.
The shame is that the President and the Executive Director himself take a call to the US at the Bagram base with a phone call. The country’s air and ground-conditioned foreigners have control over the visas.

Which Afghan will tell you achieve achievements and ask for more persistence. The fact is that in the wake of the invasion, our country is facing a disaster with a military, political, economic and socially. What the invaders and the internal supporter mentioned in the name of progress and achievements is indeed the destruction and deviation of our country and nation. The Islamic Emirate is keenly trying to pull out the current situation of the country and the nation, but it is the responsibility of all the Afghan people to clay this big and prosperous task and pay their historical role, because the damages are also all and prevented. He also has all the work.

 

 

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What Is the Diversity Visa Lottery Program that Trump Blames for the Manhattan Truck Attack?

Few Americans had heard of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program until President Trump publicly criticized it for allowing terrorist Sayfullo Saipov to enter the United States. Saipov is the Uzbekistan native charged with last Tuesday’s truck attack on a Manhattan path that killed eight pedestrians and injured 12 others.

Before a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump said, “We need to get rid of the lottery program as soon as possible.” Later, he tweeted, “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems.”-David E. Hubler-In Homeland Securitydv-lottery-senet-bill-to-banOrigins of the Diversity Visa Lottery Lie in Aid to Irish Immigrants

Congress created the Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as the Green Card Lottery, in the 1980s. Originally, it was a way to help Irish immigrants, who were streaming into the U.S. in the wake of a severe economic crisis at home.

“Few had the [required] family ties or job experience to qualify for green cards. And many of them were undocumented, coming as tourists and overstaying their visas,” the Washington Post explained. The solution was a lottery.

“More than 30 years later, the Diversity Visa Lottery has evolved into a global operation that each year brings up to 50,000 people to the United States,” the Post said. Most of the immigrants come from countries in Africa or Eastern Europe that normally have disproportionally low immigration representation in the U.S.

According to a formula set out by Congress and administered by the State Department, countries that have had more than 50,000 natives immigrate to the U.S. in the previous five years are ineligible.

Randomly Selected Immigrants Undergo Extensive Background Checks

Millions of potential immigrants apply each year, but fewer than one percent are randomly selected. People who are selected undergo extensive background checks and receive a green card if they pass all the checks. The green card grants them permanent residency in the United States and puts them on a path to citizenship.

Schumer Involvement in Crafting Lottery Bill Was Minimal

When Trump aired his grievances against the Diversity Visa Lottery, he blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for authoring the House bill that became the Diversity Visa Lottery. At the time Schumer was a Representative and only one of 31 co-sponsors of the legislation.

The final bill passed the Senate 89-8 and the House 264-118. President George H.W. Bush signed the bill into law.

In 2013, Schumer helped author the so-called Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate by a wide margin, but died in the House of Representatives. That legislation would have replaced the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

“The bill would have moved the diversity visas elsewhere in the system and introduced a merit system that took into account multiple factors like family and work skills,” according to CNN Politics.

New Bill Aims to Eliminate Diversity Visa Lottery Program

Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) have introduced a bill that Trump endorses. Their bill would eliminate the Diversity Lottery altogether as well as certain categories of family-based green cards. The legislation would then “transform the remaining employment-based visas into a point system that favors heavily highly skilled, highly educated, English-speaking immigrants,” CNN Politics explained.

Most lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize the need to reform the immigration process. But for now, no one knows how much support there is for a complete revision of the immigration laws or even within the Republican Party for Cotton and Perdue’s bill.

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Peru To Legalize Medical Marijuana

The legislation, which was hugely supported by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, received a vote of 68 to five votes. In light of the vote, Peru has officially assumed the role as the larg…

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Peru To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers in Peru have overwhelmingly voted in favor of legislation that seeks to legalize medical marijuana. It allows the local production, importation and selling of cannabis oil.

The legislation, which was hugely supported by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, received a vote of 68 to five votes.

In light of the vote, Peru has officially assumed the role as the largest nation to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

Before the bill even got to national legislators, it received approval from the Health Commission of the Peruvian Congress where it received a total of eight votes out of the nine available.

This measure was recommended by Peru’s president soon after the authorities had successfully completed a raid against a group of committed mothers in one makeshift laboratory who had been continually producing cannabis oil in efforts to try and cure their epileptic children.

It is claimed, through various reports, that cannabis oil can minimize epileptic seizures, especially in children, with far cheaper and greater effect compared to treatment through industrial pharmaceuticals.

What’s more, medical marijuana is also generally prescribed for several conditions such as chronic pain, spasms, epilepsy, cancer and post traumatic stress disorder.

The makeshift laboratory was located in the house of one Ana Alvarez, a 43-year-old woman who had established the group referred to as Buscando Esperanza (“Searching for Hope”) in order to treat her 17-year-old son who suffers from a severe and rare form of epilepsy by the name Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, not to mention tuberous sclerosis, which results in tumors growing on the human brain among other body organs.

In her statement made soon after the congress approved the medical marijuana legalization, Alvarez said that she was very happy with the government’s move to approve the bill although she had stated that she was not entirely satisfied.

She also wants groups just like the one she helped establish to be incorporated in the process of producing the natural medicine, citing the fact that bill’s restrictions and regulations with the production of the cannabis oil precluded organizations such as hers.

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Marijuana produces natural medicine

Originally, this law was somewhat controversial considering the prevalent problem within Peru of drug gangs entangled in cocaine production.

Peru is the second-largest nation with respect to cocaine production in the world.

Nonetheless, this move seems to go in line with a survey conducted earlier this year which suggested that around 65 percent of the Peru’s population backed the legalization of medical marijuana for the treatment of health conditions.

Moreover, another 71 percent also agreed that the idea of legalization should at least be deliberated, provided that its use is controlled and designed to only cater for medical purposes.

Soon after the bill was passed, Peruvian lawmaker Alberto de Belaunde outlined that he was happy with the decision, stating that cCongress had guaranteed that numerous patients and their loved ones would now enjoy a better life.

What’s more, he named the day a historic one, precisely because it showcased that evidence and empathy can trounce over prejudices and fears regarding medical marijuana.

Nonetheless, this initiative has not been without some resistance. Much of it is coming from CEDRO, an anti-drug NGO (Non-Governmental Organization).

The Dramatic Impact Of Cocaine

The group is mainly concerned about effects of THC, a psychoactive chemical element found in marijuana which results in the euphoric “high” many cannabis users experience.

CEDRO held their stance firm and cited that the only reason that would lead them to support the legalization was if THC was not included in the production of the drug, echoing views that the use of medical marijuana especially in adolescents and young children can have adverse effects on brain development.

This historic ruling in Peru closely follows in the footsteps of both Columbia and Chile, nations that have already legalized the use of the marijuana but for medical cases.

Uruguay is also in this list of nations having not only legalized the production of marijuana, but also its sale for recreational use.

The legislation, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Peruvian Congress this month, will become a valid law in 60 days, and this is after the regulations for the production and trade of medical marijuana have been clearly set.

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Who Are The Russia Contacts In The Papadopoulos Plea?

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Who Are The Russia Contacts In The Papadopoulos Plea?

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Who Are The Russia Contacts In The Papadopoulos Plea?

RFRL–According to U.S. court documents unsealed this week, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign of President Donald Trump said he was in contact with Russian officials and had been told during the campaign that Moscow had “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and “thousands of her e-mails.”

The documents related to the guilty plea of former adviser George Papadopoulos — the first admission of guilt to emerge from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trump associates — do not provide the names of Papadopoulos’s contacts.

But the identities of two of these individuals appear to have been confirmed — a man described in court documents as “the professor” and another as a “connection” to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The name of another — a woman Papadopoulos initially believed was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s niece — remained unclear as of October 31.

Here’s a look at key individuals with ties to Russia in the October 5 plea deal signed by Papadopoulos, whose arrest in July on charges of lying to FBI agents only came to light after court documents were unsealed on October 30, and what we know about them.

‘The Professor’

According to the court documents, Papadopoulos met this man at least three times and remained in e-mail contact with him for several months. Their first meeting — in Italy — took place in March 2016 after Papadopoulos learned that he would be joining the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser, the documents say.

“The professor claimed to have substantial connections with Russian government officials” that Papadopoulos believed “could increase his importance as a policy adviser to the campaign,” the documents state.

Papadopoulos says in his plea agreement that “the professor” told him at a meeting in London in late April 2016 that he had recently returned from a trip to Moscow and learned that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton “in the form of ‘thousands of e-mails.'”

The documents describe the man as “a citizen of a country in the Mediterranean” and a “professor of diplomacy based in London.” And they say the “professor” told Papadopoulos that he was flying to Moscow for a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, a prominent Kremlin-backed international policy forum.

A number of Western media outlets on October 30 deduced from this information that the man in question is professor Joseph Mifsud, a citizen of Malta and an “honorary director” of the London Academy of Diplomacy.

Mifsud has confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that he is the London-based professor described in the U.S. court documents but denied doing anything wrong. “I have a clear conscience,” the British newspaper quoted him as saying.

Mifsud indeed has documented contacts with well-connected people in Russia’s political class. In January 2016, Aleksei Klishin, a former Russian parliamentarian and professor at an elite Russian university run by the Foreign Ministry, spoke at the London Academy of Diplomacy at Mifsud’s request.

Mifsud also met with Aleksandr Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to Britain, in May 2014.

‘Putin’s Niece’

The identity of this woman remained unclear as of October 31. In the court documents, she is identified as “the Female Russian National.”

Papadopoulos was said to have been introduced to the woman at a March 24, 2016, meeting together with the professor. The American initially believed the woman was “Putin’s niece,” according to the court documents, though this turned out to be false. Following that meeting, Papadopoulos e-mailed senior Trump campaign officials and said that the subject of their discussion had been “to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S.-Russian ties under President Trump.”

Papadopoulos and the woman proceeded to communicate by e-mail and Skype. Two weeks after their first meeting, Papadopoulos wrote to her and received a reply in which the woman said she “would be very pleased to support your initiatives between our two countries.” Later that day, she wrote that she had “already alerted my personal links to our conversation and your request” and that “we are all very excited by the possibility of a good relationship with Mr. Trump. The Russian Federation would love to welcome him once his candidature would be officially announced,” according to the court documents.

The documents state that Papadopoulos “believed that the Female Russian National had connections to high-level Russian government officials and could help him arrange a potential foreign policy trip to Russia.”

They add that during the campaign, Papadopoulos “e-mailed and spoke over Skype on numerous occasions with the Female Russian National about the potential foreign policy trip to Russia.”

In his plea agreement, Papadopoulos admitted to lying when he told the FBI that the extent of his communication with the woman consisted of e-mails containing banalities like, “Hi, how are you?”

‘Russian MFA Connection’

The court documents state that in April 2016, the professor introduced Papadopoulos via e-mail to an “individual in Moscow” identified as a “Russian national connected to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and, alternately, as the “Russian MFA connection.” While this individual’s name is not provided, details of his interactions with Papadopoulos appear to indicate that the person is Ivan Timofeyev, director of programs at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), a Russian government-backed think tank.

Ivan Timofeyev is suspected of being the "Russian MFA Connection" mentioned in the Papadopoulos documents.

Ivan Timofeyev is suspected of being the “Russian MFA Connection” mentioned in the Papadopoulos documents.

That Papadopoulos had communicated with Timofeyev has been widely known since August, when The Washington Post reported on the contents of e-mails between the two men in which the possibility of a visit by Trump to Moscow was discussed. The Washington Post report cited an e-mail to Papadopoulos from Timofeyev in which the Russian political scientist said officials at the Russian Foreign Ministry were amenable to a visit by Trump and that the campaign should submit a formal letter on the matter.

Days later, Timofeyev said in an interview with the Russian news portal Gazeta.ru that the correspondence came at the initiative of Papadopoulos and that the two men “even talked several times over Skype but never got into any specifics.”

The court documents unsealed this week note e-mail and Skype contacts between Papadopoulos and the “Russian MFA connection,” and the e-mails they describe resemble those reported by The Washington Post in August. The section of “false statements” Papadopoulos admitted making to the FBI includes his failure to inform investigators that the professor had introduced him to the “Russian MFA connection” despite being asked if he had met Russian nationals.

Timofeyev said in his August interview with Gazeta.ru that he and Papadopoulos “had mutual academic acquaintances.”

In April 2016, at the time of the events described in the court documents, Timofeyev hosted a Valdai-sponsored discussion about the world oil market in which Mifsud participated. A video of the two men speaking is available on YouTube:

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova took to Facebook on October 31 to criticize what she portrayed as a “circus” atmosphere surrounding the Papadopoulos guilty plea. She added that information about Timofeyev is available on his organization’s website and not at her ministry.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is a founder of the RIAC and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov serves as chairman of the think tank’s board of trustees.

Lavrov told reporters in Moscow on October 31 that he is not acquainted with either Papadopoulos or Timofeyev but that he saw nothing wrong in their discussions of a possible meeting between the two sides, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in Washington on October 30 described Papadopoulos as a minor figure in the Trump campaign, adding that he “reached out” to arrange a meeting with Russian contacts “and nothing happened beyond that.”

“Which, I think, shows, one, his level of importance in the campaign; and two, shows what little role he had within coordinating anything officially for the campaign,” Sanders said.

Trump himself wrote on Twitter on October 31: “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.”

Trump referred to Papadopoulos as “an oil and energy consultant, an excellent guy” at a meeting with The Washington Post editorial board in early 2016 at which he announced some members of his foreign policy advisory team.

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‘It’s Time to Wake Up.’ John McCain’s Speech to Naval Academy Graduates

How did we end up here? Why do many Americans ignore our moral and historical knowledge and seek escape from the world we’ve led so successfully?
There are many wise answers to those questions. My own is: we are asleep to the necessity of our leadership, and to the opportunities and real dangers of this world.

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‘It’s Time to Wake Up.’ John McCain’s Speech to Naval Academy Graduates

Republican Sen. John McCain addressed the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on Oct. 30, thanking recruits for accepting the “sacrifices” of military service and recalling his own military and political career in a speech that was by turns lighthearted and stirring.

McCain, 81, who described himself as an “undistinguished member of the Class of 1958” and served in the Navy until 1981, also cited some of the values celebrated at U.S. Naval Academy, including the importance of “sacrificing for something more important than yourself” and a commitment to “do the right thing, thanks or no thanks.”

McCain, who has been embroiled in several public spats with President Donald Trump, used his speech in Annapolis, Maryland to warn against “parties that preach resentful nationalism rather than enlightened self-interest, nativism rather than equal justice.”

Read McCain’s full remarks below:

Thank you, Senator Warner.

And thank you to the Brigade of Midshipmen. Yes, I was once one of you. Six decades ago – in the age of sail – I was an undistinguished member of the Class of 1958. My superiors didn’t hold me in very high esteem in those days. Their disapproval was measured in the hundreds of miles of extra duty I marched in my time here. To be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled to be here back then, and I was as relieved to graduate – fifth from the bottom of my class – as the Naval Academy was to see me go.

I wasn’t the first or last midshipman to have had a complicated relationship with this place. But I realized a little later in life that I had underestimated the effectiveness of my education here. I hadn’t fully appreciated all that the Academy was trying to teach me.

We were all electrical engineering majors in those days. I doubt I would have made a very good one. But the Academy taught other lessons, which I would find later, when I needed them most, had somehow managed to stick. Lessons about sacrificing for something more important than yourself. Lessons about courage and humility. About friendship. About the meaning and responsibilities of honor.

My appreciation for those lessons and for the friendships I made here bring me back often. So does my gratitude for the life of adventure the Naval Academy prepared me for, and for the privilege of being a bit player in the story of America that the Navy made possible.

I grew up in eventful times and I’ve served in eventful times. I’ve seen America become a more just and prosperous country, coming ever closer to the ideals set down by our Founders. I’ve seen America organize and lead an international order based on liberty, mutual security, free markets, and the rule of law that liberated millions upon millions from tyranny and poverty. But we need only look back upon my own lifetime to understand how hard-fought those victories were.

I was born in 1936. In February of that year, German troops reoccupied the Rhineland and Europe’s war-weary democracies failed to respond. In March, a radical militarist prime minister was appointed in Japan. In May, Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia, and in June – adding insult to injury – Germany’s Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis in the 12th round of their bout in Yankee Stadium.

In July, Franco’s forces from North Africa landed in Spain and the Spanish Civil War began. In August, the summer Olympics took place in Berlin, and although we Americans remember those games for the stirring achievements of Jesse Owens at the time they were understood as a symbol of Germany’s resurgence and by some – as a vindication of Hitler’s leadership. Fascism, we were told, might be the wave of the future.

That same month the Soviet government began its infamous show trials of former Bolshevik leaders and many observers saw Stalin’s sham justice as a necessary step in the consolidation of a socialist alternative to Depression-era democracy. Another wave of violent purges soon followed and again found its apologists while claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands.

The world was soon engulfed in another world war. The human, economic and spiritual toll of that conflict remains incalculable to this day. 682 Naval Academy graduates gave their lives in the struggle against Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan. This is a tragic but comprehendible loss. But what are we to make of a number like 60 million war dead? Of the hundreds of thousands of villages and cities destroyed, and the untold resources spent that might have been put to humane and productive use had our enemies not embraced their ideologies of conquest and domination? How do we make sense of the human capacity for such evil? After Auschwitz, mankind looked different.

And yet the generation of leaders that brought the democratic powers through the storm of that war did not succumb to despair. Their sense of responsibility and history demanded they build new institutions dedicated to the prevention of another global calamity, which they did with remarkable vision and persistence.

The statesmen who built the successful liberal international order after World War Two grasped three basic truths.

First: that tyranny is always a threat to peace because it is an affront to all humanity’s natural desire for freedom.

Second: that liberal institutions are nevertheless fragile, and must be affirmed with conviction at home and abroad.

Third: that the American example and American leadership are indispensable to securing a peaceful and prosperous future. Our failure to remain engaged in Europe and enforce the hard-won peace of 1918 had made that clear. There could be no more isolationism, no more tired resignation – no more ‘America First.’

Fascism was defeated in 1945. Communism eventually succumbed after a long and costly Cold War. Containment, often through military means, was vitally important, but ultimately communism collapsed because Soviet tyranny could not meet the basic spiritual and material needs of its terrorized subjects, while the American example brought unprecedented happiness and prosperity to millions of ordinary people.

As we wrestled to overcome injustices in our society, the Soviet system ossified and was sustained only by its propaganda and secret police. It couldn’t prevail in the global struggle for hearts and minds. Ronald Reagan understood this and had the moral confidence to affirm America’s commitment to the spread of democracy.

President George H.W. Bush handled the collapse of communism in Europe with consummate skill. Under his stewardship, the basis for a lasting post-Cold War order was firmly established – a renewal of the liberal framework for international cooperation that we and our allies had erected in 1945.

Who could have imagined in the depths of the Cold War that a collapsing Soviet Union – still a nuclear super power – would peacefully accede to the reunification of Germany, or to the independence of all of its satellite states? And yet it happened.

But the contrast between the hopeful atmosphere of 1991 and the current circumstances of our world is a stark one. We have gone from an interval when the global success of democracy seemed assured to a time in which the seductions of authoritarian rule find favor with many; when self-interested leadership excuses naked aggression with weak rationalizations; when ethnic grievances haunt the old and religious fanaticism fires the minds of the misguided young.

How did we end up here? Why do many Americans ignore our moral and historical knowledge and seek escape from the world we’ve led so successfully?

There are many wise answers to those questions. My own is: we are asleep to the necessity of our leadership, and to the opportunities and real dangers of this world. We are asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed and information that contradicts them is always fake. We are asleep in our polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences, looks for scapegoats instead of answers, and insists we get all our way all the time from a system of government based on compromise, principled cooperation and restraint.

All the while the associations, rules, values and aspirations that comprise the international order we have superintended for three-quarters of a century are under gathering attack from regimes that desire a world less just and less free and more corrupt. And they are under attack from forces within liberal democracies themselves, parties that preach resentful nationalism rather than enlightened self-interest, nativism rather than equal justice.

It’s time to wake up.

I believe in Americans. We’re capable of better. I’ve seen it. We’re hopeful, compassionate people. And we still have leaders who will uphold the values that made America great, and a beacon to the oppressed.

But I don’t take that for granted. We have to fight. We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories. We have to fight isolationism, protectionism, and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them.

But that isn’t your job. Not directly. It belongs to those of us who hold office and are responsible for making sure you’re sent where you’re needed and equipped and ready for your missions.

You will be asked to defend America’s interests overseas, and thereby to defend the ideals that encompass and transcend those interests. You will protect the international order that American politics, with all its inefficiencies and human frailties, has done so much to create.

Many of you will risk everything for your country. You will make sacrifices for your fellow Americans, who won’t be asked to make sacrifices for you. That’s your calling. Thank you for accepting it. I promise, there will be compensations for the hard times you endure. You will have lives of adventure. You will have the best company. And you will know a satisfaction far more sublime than pleasure.

I know that because I’m not the only McCain to have been prepared for that duty by the traditions and values imparted to me here and by the example of other better Americans who walked through these gates. My father was here, and his father before him. Like me, their standing was closer to the bottom than the top of their class.

My son, Jack, is the non-conformist in the family. He managed to reach the upper half of his class, even to be a midshipman officer. But his forbears, though less accomplished midshipmen, nevertheless left here to devote the rest of their lives to our country, in war and peace, good times and bad. And each of us considered himself to be the luckiest man on earth.

I know what you will risk and what you will receive in return. I know America is lucky to have you, and that you will think yourselves lucky to serve America. Even in the worst of times – and they come for most of us – you’ll know that to serve this country is to serve its ideals – the ideals that consider every child on earth as made in the image of God and endowed with dignity and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a noble cause. It is your cause, and it’s worth living and dying for.

I have, sometimes unwittingly and often imperfectly, served that cause all my adult life. Like your service, mine began here in this place of honor and honor’s demands. I arrived a rebel without a cause, and left much the same. But I would discover that a sense of honor had been imparted to me here that would speak to me in the darkest hours.

And so I come back, again and again, to the place where I learned to dread dishonor and from where I embarked on an eventful life, in good company, in the service of my country and its great cause.

May your lives be as lucky as mine. Godspeed. Semper Fidelis. Fair winds and following seas.

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How Gunmen Covertly Trade Ammunition Over Dark Web

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Europol director Rob Wainwright emphasized that the dark web has introduced a method in which terrorist groups can acquire weapons and arms anonymously, with p…

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