A Reader Writes

datauri-fileOne benefit of publishing a blog like this one is that I get to read email I receive from readers all around the world.

Penny Alfonso, a brilliant analyst, a great American patriot and a long time friend of this blog, saw my post from this morning and responded to a couple of questions I posed, which follow:

The Russian army and air forces are in Syria, killing what we’re to believe are the good jihadis and defending Bashar Assad’s regime.  The Obama administration is sending our troops in there committed to destroying Bashar Assad’s regime and killing only the bad jihadis.  I mean, how do you tell who’s who?  Can you really tell?  I’m just asking.

Penny writes:

OK so here’s the answer — John Kerry has assured us that we can “vet” people streaming into the west from muslim countries, so I’m absolutely confident that we can “vet” good jihadis from bad jihadis.  Aren’t you confident?  I mean, if we didn’t have this capability, it would mean that our government has LIED TO US!  And we know that’s not true because the Obama administration is the most transparent administration in our history.  And it would also mean that, there actually ARE “good” jihadis and “bad” jihadis.

I’ve always been a little uncomfortable with the “no U.S. boots on the ground” promises that we always hear.  To me, it just says the troops won’t be wearing boots.  The way the left plays with semantics, it would not surprise me.  Nikes make great combat shoes.  Or maybe flip-flops.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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