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former FBI Special Agent Paul Letersky to discuss his forthcoming book, a behind-the-scenes look into the office of J. Edgar Hoover—the first ever written by a member of his personal staff. THE DIRECTOR: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover is a first person account of working inside J. Edgar Hoover’s office as he chased the left-wing extremists of the 1960’s and 70’s. It should also serve as a warning against letting history repeat itself.

I am booking interviews starting the week of July 13th.

Few people knew the real J. Edgar Hoover. He was a man of secrets who, over time, became one of the most powerful figures in the country. He influenced Presidents, eviscerated the KKK and went to war with Communism in America.

What would Hoover think of the FBI today?

Paul Letersky began working for Director Hoover in 1965 and had a front-row seat to the comings-and-goings of Hoover’s personal office at the height of one of the most turbulent decades since the Civil War. The Director showcases the dedication of history’s longest serving FBI director, including:

– The animosity felt by Hoover towards Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the comments made by Hoover on first hearing of Dr. King’s shooting from Letersky.

– A deeply personal look at Hoover’s longtime assistant Helen Gandy, the highest paid woman at the DOJ in the 1970’s and considered to be Hoover’s most trusted confidant.

– The effectiveness of the FBI’s “COINTELPRO” programs—black bag projects from 1956-1971 aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, sowing discord and discrediting American organizations.

– How “COINTELPRO” targeted groups as disparate as the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Panther Party, as well as civil rights leaders like Dr. King and influential public anti-war figures like John Lennon.

Since Hoover’s death half a century ago, millions of words have been written about the man and hundreds of hours of TV dramas. But until now, there has been virtually no account from someone who, for a period of years, spent hours with the Director on a daily basis.

 

 

“A fascinating and long overdue look, from the inner sanctum… Paul Letersky takes you deep inside the psyche of the man who knew all the secrets and played them like a card shark.”

—Tom Brokaw of NBC News and bestselling author of The Greatest Generation

“Letersky is a fine writer and storyteller and he told me things I never knew about the man—love him or hate him—who was a major figure in American history.”

—Bob Schieffer of CBS News

“Fascinating and engaging… Letersky brings to life a bygone era of G-Men, galoots, and molls—and, delightfully, Hoover’s motherly gatekeeper “Miss Gandy,” who plays Moneypenny to the author’s Bond.”

—Chris Whipple, New York Times bestselling author of The Gatekeepers and The Spymasters

“I entered the FBI under Mr. Hoover who turned out to be the best Director I served under… This book is an honest and accurate portrayal of Hoover’s personality and acts of kindness as well as the control he had over not just the FBI but politicians. A must read.”

—Joe Pistone AKA Donnie Brasco, former FBI Special Agent

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Biden gets cranky while defending Afghanistan withdrawal

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Biden gets cranky while defending Afghanistan withdrawal

“Responding to questions from reporters about his decision to bring the war to a close, Mr. Biden grew testy as he rejected the likelihood that Americans would have to flee from Kabul as they did from Saigon in 1975. He insisted that the United States had done more than enough to empower the Afghan police and military to secure the future of their people.”–NY Times

Major General Jeffrey Schloesser (US Army Ret) author of Marathon War: Leadership in Combat in Afghanistan.

From Major General Jeffrey Schloesser—former Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and Regional Command-East—comes a revealing memoir of leadership in the chaos and fog of the Afghanistan War.

War is the most brutal of human endeavors, and I have experienced enough war to know to take cover when politicians and poets and armchair warriors speak extravagantly of patriotism and national honor.

Join Major General Schloesser in the daily grind of warfare fought in the most forbidding of terrain, with sometimes uncertain or untested allies, Afghan corruption and Pakistani bet hedging, and the mounting casualties of war which erode and bring into question Schloesser’s most profoundly held convictions and beliefs. Among several battles, Schloesser takes readers deep into the Battle of Wanat, where nine U.S. soldiers were killed in a fierce, up-close fight to prevent a new operating base from being overrun. This encounter required Schloesser to make tactical decisions that had dramatic strategic impact, and led him to doubts: Can this war even be won? If so, what will it take?

This book is a rare insight and reflection into the thoughts of critical national decision-makers including President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, then Senator Barack Obama, and numerous foreign leaders including Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Key military leaders—including then Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, then Central Command Commanding General David Petraeus, then Lieutenant General and future Chairman Martin Dempsey, and International Security Force Commander General David McKiernan—all play roles in the book, among many others, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley and Army Chief of Staff General James McConville. Analyzing their leadership in the chaos of war Schloesser ultimately concludes that successful leadership in combat is best based on competence, courage, and character.

BOOK: Marathon War: Leadership in Combat in Afghanistan

BIO: Jeff Schloesser is a retired Army Major General who commanded the 101st Airborne Division for thirty-three months, including fifteen months in combat in Afghanistan. In his thirty-four year Army career he served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Kuwait, Haiti, Jordan, Korea, and twice in Germany.

He was an assistant division commander in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq 2003-04, the first Global War on Terrorism Planning Director in the Pentagon after 9/11, and the first Deputy Director at the National Counterterrorism Center for Strategic Operational Planning.

An aviator, Jeff commanded two battalions of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and a brigade task force in Albania and Kosovo.

He resides with his wife Patty in Park City, Utah, and northern Virginia. He has completed thirty-eight marathons.

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“A deeply personal, powerfully insightful, and sometimes disturbingly candid account of command in combat by one of his generation’s most thoughtful warrior-leaders. Jeff Schloesser captures the frustrating complexity of Afghanistan and the challenge of fighting America’s longest war brilliantly. A must read for those who want to understand leadership in the toughest of environments.” — Stanley A. McChrystal, U.S. Army, GEN (Ret.), Commander of US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan

“Major General Jeff Schloesser has written a gripping account of his fifteen months commanding the 101st Airborne Division during the toughest days of America’s long war in Afghanistan. Schloesser eloquently and candidly writes about being a senior commander at war, making decisions that likely will result in soldiers wounded and killed while simultaneously dealing with the political challenges of dealing with higher headquarters and senior echelons of the American, Afghan and Pakistani governments. Marathon War is compelling and honest, telling the story of men and leaders in battle, the ‘filth and gore,’ the camaraderie, and the impact of soldiers’ absence on the families left behind—including his own. JeffSchloesser was a great commander. This book makes clear why.” — Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense 2006-2011

“Marathon War transported me straight back to the year I spent learning to be a general officer from Major General Jeff Schloesser and his 101st Airborne team in Afghanistan. Jeff artfully recounts the story of people, places, and events to explore the challenges, complications, and responsibilities of leading counter insurgency operations on the other side of the world. You’ll leave with a better understanding of both the choices and decisions that shaped our longest war and the human toll it took on the extraordinary men and women who fought it…and are still processing it.” — General Mike Holmes, USAF (ret.)

“If you truly want to understand the nature of wartime leadership; the heartache, the elation, the fear, the sense of frustration and the great pride of leading America’s men and women in combat, then you must read Jeff Schloesser’s Marathon War. No one tells the story better.” — Admiral Bill McRaven, Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

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After de Blasio, NYC Must Elect a Crime-Fighting Mayor to Avoid Disaster

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THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK

A Reporter’s True Tale

By Seth Barron

With a Foreword by Heather Mac Donald

Mayor Bill de Blasio set the stage for the ruin of New York City

Acclaimed New York City reporter and editor, Seth Barron has written a new book – THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: A Reporter’s True Tale. In the future, when people ask how New York City fell to pieces, they can be told – in the words of Hemingway – “gradually, then suddenly.” New Yorkers awoke from a slumber of ease and prosperity to discover that their glorious city was not only unprepared for crisis, but that the underpinnings of its fortune had been gutted.

 

In THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK, Seth Barron brings to life the inner workings of how a corrupted political system hollowed out New York City, leaving it especially vulnerable, all in the name of equity and “fairness.” Barron’s insightful reporting of New York City politics and culture makes him uniquely qualified to tell the stories that explain why, after decades of declining crime, seemingly overnight, New York is scary again.

In THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK, you’ll learn that:

de Blasio represents the nexus of corrosive interests that undermined the supports of New York’s prosperity and safety;
Criminal justice reforms at the level of the city and state have unwound 30 years of progress in making the city safe;
The obsession with “inequality” overrides the longstanding attraction of NYC as a place of opportunity and ignores the fact that people come to New York to gain purchase in the American Dream;
The city is so deep in its problems that it will be very difficult to dig its way out, because the political system is thoroughly owned by special interests; and
de Blasio will go down as the luckiest mayor in the city’s history; the next mayor will inherit a huge headache.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s failure to manage the outbreak of COVID-19 is well-established. But what is less understood is how poorly he managed the city up to the point of the pandemic, and how his mismanagement left New York City vulnerable to the social, economic, and cultural shocks that have leveled its confidence and brought into question its capacity to absorb the creative energies of the world and reflect them back in the form of opportunity and wealth, as it has done for hundreds of years. At a moment when socialist currents are stirring throughout America, Bill de Blasio’s term in office in New York City is a demonstration of what those impulses actually produce: debt, decay and bloat.

THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK is a history of New York City – from its recovery from the recession of 2008-2009 through the triple disaster of the pandemic, civil riots, and collapse in revenue of 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio, now widely known as the WORST mayor in the history of the city, is presented as the instrument of decline: a key symptom of the rot that expedited the city’s downfall.

“A propulsive chronicle of failed policy and bad leadership.”

— Heather Mac Donald, New York Times Bestselling Author of “The War on Cops”

“I have watched NYC fall apart before my eyes, but until I read Seth Barron’s book I didn’t know how and why. Now I know, and thanks to his unparalleled reporting, it’s clear who is to blame… and how to fix it. A must-read.”

— Brian Kilmeade, Host of Fox & Friends

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Seth Barron is a New York City-based reporter and editor who has covered local politics closely for more than ten years. Writer and Managing Editor for The American Mind, a publication of the Claremont Institute, Barron was an Associate editor of urban policy at City Journal, a publication of the Manhattan Institute. Barron is a widely read columnist and reporter on politics and issues in New York City. Barron became intimately familiar with the ins and outs of New York City politics working in City Hall as legislative director for a council member from Queens. His work has appeared in the New York Post, New York Daily News, and Wall Street Journal and he frequently appears on a range of local and national television and radio programs as a commentator.

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Biden G7 & the China Conundrum

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In two recent articles – that America Out Loud kindly published – “Rise of the Chinese Colossus” and “America’s Death by Lyngchi”, I addressed all the relevant reasons why China is winning the Economic, Political and Military arenas and what should be done to sensibly and effectively counter her.

I was able to do so, without the billions of dollars to back me up with intelligence reports or ‘expert’ advisors, but based purely on knowledge and comprehension of all the relevant issues, that all readers have access to, if they wanted to do the necessary research.

The ‘formidable’ leaders of the G7 failed miserably and totally to address this issue in any meaningful way beyond wasteful platitudes about ‘human rights’.

Therefore, excluding Biden’s mental lapses and gaffes, the G7 leaders had a good time amongst themselves at enormous taxpayers’ expenses and returned home, not only empty handed, but empty minded for completely ignoring all the following items that they should have addressed but did not:

1. They spoke about China’s human rights abuses, but were too spineless to do or state anything concrete about them.

2. They were as cowardly and incompetent as during Obama’s eight years when he allowed the Chinese, to occupy a few territoriality contested atolls in the Pacific and turn them into strategic Chinese maritime and military assets.

3. They attacked Russia’s Putin because he took back control of the Crimea that was always part of mother Russia (and the best place for the Soviet or Russian navies in the Black Sea), until Nikita Khrushchev (Ukrainian) in 1954, decided to give it to Ukraine, never imagining the possibility of the collapse of the Soviet Union; but they never addressed China’s military, political and ethnic occupation of Tibet for the last 71 years; of suppressing the freedoms in Hong Kong and of the Chinese threats to Taiwan.

4. They talked a great deal about eliminating Global warming and saving planet Earth, while ignoring the fact that China contributes 27% of global pollution which is much greater than the combined pollutants from all G7 members.

5. The only way to confront the Chinese colossus is by combining the populations, economic and military powers of the USA, Europe, Russia, India and other small states in fear of China, who may want to join. No other possibility exists.

6. The most pathetic and dangerous result of Biden’s meeting with Putin, was Biden’s list of 16 infrastructure items that he forbade the Russians from hacking, thus simultaneously revealing what America considers most strategically important, while at the same time, allowing Russians (and all other enemies) to hack every other target not listed; without repercussions.

7. While Biden cancelled the Keystone [XL] Pipeline – thus making America once more energy dependent and vulnerable to outside pressures – he did not hesitate a second, allowing Russia the ability to have Nord Stream 2 to provide cheap gas and oil to Germany, making her totally energy dependent on Russia.

These are the same shameless and clueless ‘leaders’ (Americans and Europeans), who will prove to be criminally negligent for continuing ‘negotiations’ with the foremost terrorist regime on Earth – the Ayatollahs of Iran – while they are fully aware, that the Iranian presidential elections are as democratic as China’s government.

They were also cognisant, that the new president, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, was actually put in place by the fiat of one person in all of Iran; their supreme theocratic dictator, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who hand picked him because he is among the most loyal to the regime and as a ‘judge’, sentenced thousands to death. After all, a terrorist regime must have a leader with a terrorist mentality.

Since Raisi wears a black turban, this identifies him in the Shia tradition, as a descendant of their mentor, the leader of the first Organized Crime Syndicate in history, the child rapist, mass murderer and terrorist, Muhammad.

Therefore, all members of the G7, will be guilty of allowing Iran to go nuclear (no matter how they try to sugar coat it), thus making it a certainty, that Israel will go it alone, for its own survival, by taking preemptive action, before Iran is able to fulfill its publicly declared and repeated assertion – for the last 42 years – that they intend to eradicate Israel off the face of the globe.

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