People are, for the most part, genuine in their understanding of events and in their efforts to execute their position, based on their current mindset and frame of reference and within their own respective circumstantial constraints. Most people are doing their best (under the circumstances). But there is a complete disconnect, one person from the other today, because we each, great and small, reside in our own little space-time (our own microcosm). This is clear when one looks at how independently (but rather less interdependently) each person operates here.

And so these videos are not about taking a side or assigning blame, but rather about gleaning mindsets: the mindsets of individuals; the mindset of institutions; and even the mindset of nations. Because where “they are” tells us about where “you are”. And you need to know where you are. Don’t worry so much about how you got here. But here you are.

Ashton Baldwin “Ash” Carter is the United States Secretary of Defense.

Joseph Francis Dunford Jr. is a United States Marine Corps general. He is currently the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Philip M. Breedlove is a retired four-star General in the United States Air Force who served as the Commander, U.S. European Command, as well as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, from May 2013 until May 4, 2016.

John F. Kirby is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy who has served as the Spokesperson for the United States Department of State since 2015

Mark Alexander Milley is a United States Army officer. A four-star general, he is the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army.

This is not posted to scare or to intimidate, but only to prepare. After all …

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


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