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Of the potentially billions of planets in the Universe that could support intelligent life like that on Earth, is it not reasonable to assume that at least one of them contains life that very much resembles humans? If so, would they share our beliefs in God, religion and human love?
“The Transplants” is a science fiction novel about Rion and Sena, two refugees from just such a planet who travel across the galaxy to Earth to save their species from extinction. Arriving on Earth, they are separated at sea in a hurricane. He washes up on the coast of Georgia. An Australian billionaire on his yacht rescues her and takes her to Australia. Pursued by an obsessed NASA scientist, an FBI agent and multiple foreign intelligence services, they must find each other, survive, evade and escape capture. It’s a science fiction story, an action adventure story, a love story and the eternal story of intelligent life’s relationship with the Universe.
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December 16, 2014 • 8:34 PM
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For those of you who don’t generally read SciFi books, “The Transplants” isn’t your normal SciFi novel. No aliens with superpowers, no little green men; just a story about two people from another planet who look just like us in search of a planet where they can save their species and live anonomyous lives. On the run from the U.S. government that wants to lock them away and study them and from foreign governments that want to do the same, they survive, evade and escape across two continents before a final confrontation with their pursuers, It’s a SciFi story by definition, but it’s much more. It’s a love story, an action adventure story, and a Washington, D.C. bureaucratic politics story.
Try it you’ll like it. If you don’t, I’ll provide verified purchasers their money back.
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Filed under: Books, Australia, CIA, Ed Ross, FBI, love story, novel, Perth, space aliens, The Transplants, yacht
August 25, 2013 • 10:59 AM
A year ago, President Barack Obama said that if the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria, it would cross a red line that would result in “serious consequences.” Last week, Assad crossed that line again, killing hundreds and debilitating several thousand with a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Will President Obama impose serious consequences this time? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: National Security, Adlai Stevenson, al-Qai’da, Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield, Bashar al-Assad, centcom, Chemical warfare, chemical weapons, china, CIA, civil war, Cuban Missile Crisis, Damascus, DIA, Ed Ross, ewross, Free syrian Army, humanitarian disaster, Iraq, national security bureaucracy, OSD, President Barack Obama, red line, Russsia, Samantha Power, SOCOM, State, Syria, Syrian rebels, The National Interest, United Nations, WMD
August 4, 2013 • 11:21 AM
Is the Benghazi cover up just about hiding incompetence, dereliction of duty and deceptive presidential politics or are there plausible, more troubling explanations? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 2012 presidential election, 9/11/2012, al-Qai’da, anti-Muslim video, arms smuggling operation, arms transfers, Benghazi, Capitol Hill, CIA, CNN, Congress, conservative talk radio, cover-up, DoD, Ed Ross, ewross, Fox News, Hiillary Clinton, House Intelligence Committee, Iran Contra, Libya, President Obama, Senate Intelligence Committee, Syria, Syrian rebels, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, Watergate
President Obama’s fundamental disregard for the nature of Islamic terrorism, no doubt, has Islamist-jihadists around the world cheering. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 9/11, Afghanistan, al-Qai’da, American citizens, Arabian Peninsula, armed drones, as Qaeda, barack obama, businessmen, caliphate, chaos in the Islamic world, Christian martyrs, Christianity, CIA, communists, counterterrorism, declare victory and go home, democracy, deter and combat terrorism, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ed Ross, Egypt, enemy, enemy combatants, European countries, ewross, fascists, gangsters, Guantanamo, Horn of Africa, Imperial Japanese armed forces, individual freedom, intelligence, Iraq, Islamic terrorism, Islamic-jihadists, israel, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, law enforcement, Mafia, martyrs, middle east, Military, military vs. criminal justice counterterrorism strategies, Miranda warnings, Muslim Brotherhood, National Defense University, nazi, Pakistan-Afghanistan border, patriots, President Obama, Quran, Roman Empire, Romans, secular Muslims, Sharia law, Sunni and Shia Muslims, terrorists’ handbook, true believers, United States, Vietnam War, water-boarded, will of Allah, world war II
February 17, 2013 • 12:44 PM
President Barack Obama has been adept at deflecting Republicans’ continuing questions about the 9/11/12 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Still, the story won’t go away because the explanations he and his administration have provided don’t add up, and a strong odor of cover up lingers in the air. It’s been five months since the Benghazi attack. Even if we accept the Obama administrations explanations for what happened before, during and after the attack, we still don’t know full story. What difference does it make, at this point, whether or not we know the full story? It makes a difference whenever the President of the United States attempts to deceive the American people. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 9/11/12, Admiral Mike Mullen, al-Qai’da, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Ambassador to Libya, American people, anti Muslin video, Benghazi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CIA, consulate in Benghazi, cover-up, covert activities, covert paramilitary activity, Department of Defense, Department of State, Ed Ross, ewross, fell through the cracks, fog of war, General Martin Dempsey, Hillary Clinton, intelligence community, Iran Contra, Libya, List of terrorist incidents, mistakes were made, Muammar Qaddafi, Mujahedeen, Muslim rebels, Obama administration officials, Obama’s reelection campaign, Osama Ben Laden, President Barack Obama, President of the United States, President Ronald Reagan, pro-American, republicans, Russian occupation of Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State, Senate Armed Services Committee, Syria, talking points, Turkey, U.S. government, U.S. Navy SEALS, UN Ambassador Susan Rice
February 10, 2013 • 10:33 AM
During the George W. Bush administration, Democrats and anti-war groups derided enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) and the detention facility at Guantanamo as inconsistent with American values and a recruiting tool for al-Qai’da. Far fewer of those critics decry the Obama administration’s killing of al-Qai’da terrorists, including American citizens, with drone strikes, despite the collateral damage that is far more detrimental to winning friends in the Islamic world. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 9/11/2001, al-Qaeda, al-Qai’da, American citizens, American values, American warriors, anti-war groups, CIA, CIA director, collateral damage, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, democrats, Department of Justice, detainees, drone strikes, drone wars, Ed Ross, EITs, enhanced interrogation techniques, ewross, Geneva Conventions, George W. Bush, George W. Bush administration, Guantanamo, high-value targets, hypocrisy, illegal enemy combatants, John Brennan, north vietnamese army, Osama Bin Laden, precision guided munitions, Presidency of George W. Bush, President Obama, republicans, SEAL Team 6, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Taliban, U.S. criminal justice system, vietcong, Vietnam War, White Paper, world war II
November 4, 2012 • 9:15 AM
The more we learn about what happened before, during, and after the Benghazi attack, the more unanswered questions remain. The Obama administration is withholding answers to those questions. Americans have the right to know the whole truth and whether the President simply is covering up incompetence, negligence and the failure of his Middle East policy or something more. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 11th anniversary of 9/11, 9/11/12 attack, al-Qaeda, Amb. Chris Stevens, anti-Muslim video, Benghazi, Benghazi consulate, Catherine Herridge, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, CIA annex, combat aircraft, Congress, Ed Ross, emergency meeting, ewross, Fox News, intelligence community, Italy, Jennifer Griffin, Libya, Libyan government. Muammar Qaddafi, mainstream media, man-portable surface to air missiles, middle east, Middle East policy, obama administration, Obama reelection campaign, President Obama, presidential election campaign, rebels in Syria, scandal, Secretary of State, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sigonella, special operations forces, spontaneous demonstration, State Department, terrorists, U.S. military, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, weapons of mass destruction, White House, White House Press Secretary Tim Carney
Are Republicans returning to their isolationist roots while Democrats under President Barack Obama become more interventionist?
Polling results and recent statements by Republican presidential hopefuls suggest that Republicans are becoming more isolationists. Conversely, while the far left remains staunchly anti-war and non-interventionist, President Barack Obama, in the mold of his post-World War II Democratic predecessors, appears to be leading Democrats, albeit unwillingly, toward greater interventionism. He seeks to maintain substantial U.S. forces in Iraq. He continues the war in Afghanistan. He’s intervened in Libya. And he is conducting not-so-secret wars in Pakistan and Yemen. (More)
Filed under: National Security, Terrorism, 1945, 9/11, Afghanistan, anit-war, anti-interventionist, Bay of Pigs, Bill Clinton, Bosnia, Chinese Civil War, CIA, conservative Republicans, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, Democratic Party, Dwight Eisenhower, Ed Ross, ewross, Facebook, French Indochina, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Germany, GOP New Hampshire debate, Grenada, Hamid Karzai, harry truman, insurgents, intervened in Libya, interventionist Democrats, Iraq, isolationist Republicans, isolationist roots, Japan, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lyndon Johnson, military over extension, Mitt Romney, nation building, NATO, Panama, Pat Buchanan, Pew Poll, post Vietnam War, President Barack Obama, republican party, Ronald Reagan, Rwanda, sarah palin, Sen John McCain, South Korea, terrorists, U.S. Marines, Vietnam, war in Afghanistan, war weariness, world war II
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As we learned following the killing of Osama bin Laden, enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) played an important role in the CIA eventually tracking him to his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound. It’s time to stop the spurious arguments about EITs and for Congress to enact a law permitting the President of the United States, and only the President, to authorize the use of well defined and limited EITs when he determines they are essential to the national security of the United States. (More)
Filed under: Terrorism, obama administration, ewross, George W. Bush, Pakistan, Congress, President of the United States, Islamist-Jihadism, CIA, Leon Panetta, Mike McConnell, al-Qaeda, presidential candidate, John McCain, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Central Intelligence Agency, Ed Ross, 9/11, Senate, Op-ed, Washington Post, CIA interrogators, Osama Bin Laden, Abbottabad, enhanced interrogation techniques, EITs, enact a law, abu Faraj al-Libbi, Michael Hayden, Michael Mukasey, Jose Rodriguez, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, courier, detainee, Tom Donilon, Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday, KSM, torture, Abu Zubaydah, Adb al-Rahim al-Nashiri, House of Representatives, Speaker, minority leader, majority leader, Attorney General Eric Holder
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President Barack Obama has named CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and GEN David Petraeus to replace Panetta. My April 18 column discussed the kind of person that should replace Gates and concluded that Panetta may not be the right person for the job. What about Petraeus; is he the right person to lead the CIA in these troubled times, and how will Osama Bin Laden’s death affect how Petraeus does his job. (More)
Filed under: National Security, 9/11, ADM Mike Mullen, ADM Sidney Souers, ADM Stansfield Turner, bureaucratic battles, Central Intelligence Agency, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CIA, CIA interrogators, CJCS, clandestine service, David Petraeus, Director Central Intelligence, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Director of the CIA, Ed Ross, ewross, GEN Michael Hayden, General Petraeus, Guantanamo, Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, Leon Panetta, LTGEN James Clapper, middle east, North Africa, Pakistan, Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, President Barack Obama, President Harry Truman, Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon
February 13, 2011 • 1:11 PM
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The sense of relief in the Obama administration and in Washington, D.C., was palpable the day after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigned and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt under Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (75) assumed power, promising free and fair democratic elections in September. Fears of the infamous Muslim Brotherhood’s ascendency waned and hopes for the spread of freedom and democracy were encouraged. The media, for the time being, will focus its cameras elsewhere; and Americans can return to worrying about jobs, deficits, and the economy. The outcome in Egypt, however, is far from settled, and the implications for governments from Algiers to Teheran ensure we will soon go down this road again. Washington now must assess multiple situations and move intelligently and effectively to influence them. (More)
Filed under: National Security, Africa, Algiers, barack obama, bogyman, caliphate, challenge, CIA, constitutions, coups, Ed Ross, Egypt, ewross, foreign policy, Hosni Mubarak, International Republican Institute, Iran, James Clapper, Leon Panetta, military assistance, Mohamed Hussein Tanntawi, Muslim Brotherhood, National Democraticc Institute for International Affairs, presidential election, professional military education, Sharia law, Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt, Tehran, Tunisia, United States
February 6, 2011 • 10:30 AM
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Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday Sunday provides an opportunity for people who respected and admired him to talk and write the President and his legacy. Some recall his great achievements—his role in ending the Cold War, Reganomics, and the revival of conservatism. Others reminisce about his acting and political careers before he became president. Others remember his storytelling, his boundless sense of optimism, and his deep and enduring love of America.
As someone who arrived in Washington, D.C., the year before President Reagan and who worked in the Department of Defense during his eight years in office, I remember a president who inspired and empowered the people that worked for him, didn’t require or create a bloated national-security bureaucracy, and who you didn’t have to analyze to understand. What you saw is what you got. (More)
Filed under: The Presidency, 100th birthday, Afghanistan, American Exceptionalism, Bill Clinton, Bob Gates, Caspar Weinberger, china, CIA, cold war, Conservatism, Defense Intelligence Agency, DoD, DoS, Ed Ross, empowerment, ewross, faith in America, George HW Bush, George Schultz, George W. Bush, Iran-Contra Affair, legacy, limited government, national security, national security establishment, office of the Secretary of Defense, President Barack Obama, Reganomics, Ronald Reagan, Soviets, Taiwan, US arms sales, US Army attache, Vietnam War, Washington DC, what you saw is what you got, William Casey
October 24, 2010 • 12:45 PM
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Bill Gertz of the Washington Times in his October 20 “Inside the Ring” column reports on the current China-policy debate within the Obama administration. He identifies two opposing groups—the “kowtow” group, and the “sad and disappointed” group. Twenty-five years ago we called them the “convert-them-to-Christianity-and-democracy” group and the “let’s-just-outsmart-them” group. The U.S. players in the perennial China-policy debate change as administrations come and go, but the fundamental differences between two classic approaches to China remain the same. (More)
Filed under: China-Taiwan, access and influence, Bill Gertz, carrots and sticks, china, China scholars, China-policy debate, Chinese Communist Party, Chinese military establishment, Chip Gregson, Christian missionaries, Christianity and democracy, CIA, cold war, conciliation and concession, Ed Ross, ewross, foreign policy, Hillary Clinton, Inside the Ring, Iran, Kurt Campbell, Leon Panetta, north korea, obama administration, People's Republic of China, Policy debate, Richard Armitage, Robert Gates, Ronald Reagan, soviet union, Taiwan, Tiananmen massacre, US arms sales to Taiwan, US defense policy, US-China relations, Washington Times
August 18, 2010 • 12:42 PM
I’m a big fan of Vince Flynn‘s Mitch Rapp series of novels. Having read them all, I looked around for an author to read while I wait for Flynn’s latest, and perhaps last, book about the assassin. I just finished reading Daniel Silva‘s “The Rembrandt Affair.” I highly recommend both Flynn and Silva, although they are two very different writers. Interestingly, both Flynn’s “Extreme Measures” and the “Rembrandt Affair” (spoiler alert) involve destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities. I was struck by how plausible both of their schemes are. I know people in the CIA and other friendly foreign intelligence agencies read these books. More than one great idea for an intelligence operation began on the pages of a novel. If for some reason we should learn that Iran’s nuclear program experienced an unexplained catastrophic disaster I would immediately re-read Flynn and Sylva to see which one the event most resembled.
Filed under: Books, assassin, catastrophic disaster, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Daniel Silva, Daniel Sylva, Extreme Measures, Extreme Measures: A Thriller (Mitch Rapp Novels), foreign intelligence, Iran, middle east, Mitch Rapp, novels, Nuclear facilities, Nuclear program of Iran, Rembrandt Affair, Vince Flynn