John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

General Petraeus seeks war “for the rest of our lives”

 

Petraeus - war "for the rest of our lives"

Petraeus - war "for the rest of our lives"

“This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives,” said Gen. David H. Petraeus, promoting an endless war in Afghanistan.

In September 2009, Petraeus called a Washington Post columnist to say that the war would be unsuccessful if the president held back on troops.

Because of this, General Petraeus was effectively banned by the administration from the Sunday talk shows.

Still Petraeus did not obey the chain of command, but worked private channels with Congress and the news media to press his case for a protracted, if not endless, war.

Obama had asked the military to give him three options on how to handle the war in Afghanistan.

They gave Obama only one—calling for 40,000 new troops.

At a meeting in the White house, Obama said to Petraeus, Secretary Gates, and his advisors, “So what’s my option? You have given me one option.”

While Obama sought to build an exit plan into the strategy, the military leadership stuck to its open-ended proposal, which would, over time cost the US taxpayers trillions of dollars. This, said Obama, was “not in the national interest.”

It had irked Obama that Petraeus and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, then the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, had been out campaigning for more troops on top of the 21,000 that Obama had approved shortly after taking office.

 

Petraeus spreading the word

Petraeus spreading the word

To “prove his point” for an extended war in Afghanistan, Petraeus organized a classified war game exercise—code-named Poignant Vision  to be held at the Pentagon on Oct. 14, 2009.

Believing Petraeus had rigged the game, Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, Obama’s representative from the National Security Council, boycotted it.

Obama’s advisor, Adm Denis C. Blair also knew that the war game was designed to mislead the president.

According to participants, Poignant Vision was nothing like a traditional war game, in which two teams square off. Poignant Vision was a four-hour seminar preaching the gospel of Petraeus.

At the Nov. 11 meeting in which Obama expressed his frustration, Petraeus cited the war game as evidence that the Obama’s option for less expansion of the war and only 20,000 new troops would not work.

“So,” Obama asked, “20,000 is not really a viable option?”

Petraeus, and Secretary Gates both told Obama that his option would result in mission failure.

Surprisingly Obama fell for Petraeus’ war game scam and caved in saying, “Okay, if you tell me that we can’t do that, and you war-gamed it, I’ll accept that.”

Obama had fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal for his remarks about administration officials, saying that it “undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system.”

Petraeus was not only insulting Obama by scamming him but going public with information which even more critical of the administration than that of McChrystal?

So why doesn’t Obama do something about Petraeus?

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