Malaysian Chinese Association president Liow Tiong Lai said the retreat was structured like a training course aimed at enhancing the esprit de corps and cooperation among Barisan component parties.
Reports are out that not everyone in DHS is on board with the new policies enunciated by President Trump. I predicted resistance, but not from certain parts of the immigration bureaucracy. It is no surprise to me that there is resistance to the new regime in the U. S. Border Patrol (USBP).
What truly impressed me was that Ukrainians that I know do not try to hide that Ukraine has problems, and there is lots of work that needs to be done. I have always thought that esprit de corps — the sense of pride and loyalty for one’s group — is Canada’s greatest problem. Not because being loyal to your community or group is bad, but because it could blind your eyes from the truth and make you reluctant from openly speaking about the problems within your community.
The stateless, faceless EU is a weak, ineffectual opponent, lacking the courage and esprit de corps that only a national identity and strong, elected leadership can provide. One has to imagine that the U.K. leaving the EU will send a shudder through ISIS and its brethren—signaling that the Brits are going to fight to protect their values as a nation. We should be so lucky.
What public diplomacy lacked, as a result, was an esprit de corps, a feeling of purpose, and a decent budget. My guess is that all of those things could reemerge in a revived USIA because the simple formation of the new agency would provide drama and focus.