December 20th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Sad news, I'm afraid

Subject:Sad news, I'm afraid
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 15:37:46 EST
From: Ray Close</a>

Dear Friends:

Merry Christmas!

This was sent to me by a former Agency colleague, who received it from a
friend in the Pentagon.  As if we did not have enough to be depressed
about this Christmas! I hate to do this to you good people, but I'm
afraid this is reality.  I think the only hope we can have is that
perhaps we will get a chance in 2008 to set this country back on its
feet --- PERHAPS!
Note that the message came from a person in the Pentagon, of all
places!  Good luck, Mr. Gates!  And enjoy your rest, Mr. Rumsfeld.
Thanks for all you've done for us and for the Iraqis.  As Dick Cheney
has reassured all of us --- you have been "the greatest secretary of
defense in the history of our country."

Happy New Year.

Ray

Received several interesting emails in recent weeks...........thought I
would share some of the more thoughtful ones.

 *IRAQ IMPRESSIONS FROM A SOLDIER ON THE GROUND:*

A lot of you have asked for my current assessment, this is it.  I'm not an
expert and I admit that I often miss the "big picture".  My Brigadier, a
Brit, often reminds me of that, as does one of the local State Department
weinies, an oxygen thief of the highest magnitude.  I remind the Brigadier
that the "troubles" in Ireland were only going to take a year to solve,
weren't they?  I'm not a "big picture" guy, I'm a "sight picture" guy, so my
apologies to you deep thinkers.  Me I prefer the "Bull" Halsey form of
mission statement.  When he was asked by the press in 1944 what his mission
was, he replied, "Kill Japs, kill Japs and kill more Japs.".  If only we had
that kind of clarity today.

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Chris Keeley

Keys to Effective Addiction Treatment

Keys to Effective Addiction Treatment

Available Beds Addicts are often uncertain about entering treatment, so it's crucial to have a spot ready when they are willing. In its first year, the Family Recovery Program had the money to reserve 250 spots in programs across Maryland. State-funded programs provide 17,000 slots, but an estimated 346,000 alcoholics, (Alcohol Addicts), and drug addicts needed treatment in the past year, according to a state analysis.

Medical Detoxification Medical professionals manage the acute physical withdrawal, but this is rarely enough to ensure long-term abstinence.

The Right Program No single treatment works for everyone. Programs must be assessed continually and modified to meet addicts' changing needs. Relapse is common and often part of recovery. (but not a requirement - just a reality with the disease - society's denial and an enabling excuse)

Behavioral treatments teach addicts to change their attitudes and behaviors. They learn to recognize cravings and identify high-risk situations and to develop ways to cope.

Treatments include outpatient care, which often relies on 12-step programs, (Narcotics Anonymous) family therapy and a range of incentives to keep addicts from relapsing.

Residential treatment is used in severe cases and involves keeping patients for six to 12 months to teach them how to live without drugs. SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Chris Keeley

Charles Z. Wick, who headed the U.S. Information Agency during the Reagan years, sent a memo to his

Flunking Our Future

WASHINGTON

The only sects that may be more savage than Shiites and Sunnis are the Democratic feminist lawmakers representing Northern and Southern California.

After Nancy Pelosi and Jane Harman had their final catfight about who would lead the House Intelligence Committee, aptly enough at the Four Seasons’ hair salon in Georgetown, the new speaker passed over the knowledgeable and camera-eager Ms. Harman and mystifyingly gave the consequential job to Silvestre Reyes of Texas.

Mr. Reyes promptly tripped over the most critical theme in the field of intelligence. Jeff Stein, interviewing the incoming chairman for Congressional Quarterly, asked him whether Al Qaeda was Sunni or Shiite.

“Predominantly — probably Shiite,” the lawmaker guessed.

As Mr. Stein corrected him in the article: “Al Qaeda is profoundly Sunni. If a Shiite showed up at an Al Qaeda clubhouse, they’d slice off his head and use it for a soccer ball.”

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