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Lance Reddick has passed away.
He starred in FRINGE for five seasons. The show ran 100 episodes. He played Phillip Broyles. FRING was about FBI agent Oliva Dunham encountering strange cases -- cases her boss (Lance's character) knew more about than he let on. He has her teamed with Walter and Peter Bishop. It was a syfy story. As it unfolded, we learned that there were two earths (actually more dimensions than that but the show focused on two primarily).
Joshua Jackson played Peter Bishop and he had the most limited role of the cast (regular cast not guest stars). That's not a slam as Joshua, he did a great job as Peter. But he only played one version. The events on the show started years before the show. Dr. Walter Bishop and Dr. William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) were scientists who first discovered the second earth. It was an alternative version of our world. When Walter's son Peter died, Walter went over to the other earth and kidnapped their Peter.
This led that world's Walter to want war with our earth. William Bell crossed over repeatedly between the two earths and was really the equivalent of a double agent.
As the two worlds came into more contact with one another -- the first season finale found Olivia (Anna Torv) crossing over to the second earth when William Bell called her over -- we saw our version of Broyles and their version, our version of Astric (Jaskia Nicole) and their version, etc, etc. But we only saw one version of Peter because there was only one Peter.
Playing dual roles gave the actors more to run with and the other Broyles wasn't a good guy. But they shared the same DNA and so when he went from being against Olivia and trying to destroy her to giving his own life to save her and get her back to our earth (because she saved his son), we bought it and we believed it.
And that's what Lance Reddic did over and over, in one role after another, made us believe it. I remember seeing popcorn flick (not an insult) WHITE HOUSE DOWN and just expecting to be entertained (and I was) when Lance pops up in the film and immediately the film was so much better. He did that with every performance I ever saw him give: BROTHER TO BROTHER, JONAH HEX, OLDBOY, CANAL STREET and the JOHN WICK movies.
FRINGE was the first show I ever covered here. I wrote about it each week. It was a great show and my favorite hour long show of the '00s. Lance made Broyles the boss and the friend you wished you'd had. He brought a commanding presence to every role.
He sold every scene. And that's probably why I'm sad right now. I really feel like I've lost a friend. And that's because his talent was so great that he connected with each of us in the audience.
I'm a Catholic and I do believe in heaven. I'm sure he's up there now and knows how much we are all missing him and thinking of him.
A kindhearted soul, a wonderful human, and a true friend. Be seeing you, Lance Reddick. pic.twitter.com/btBpdjLY5d— John Wick: Chapter 4 (@JohnWickMovie) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick has sadly passed away at the age of 60. pic.twitter.com/bjmxmIHTeZ— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 17, 2023
I often think about this story Lance Reddick told about working with Keanu on the newest Wick movie pic.twitter.com/tN3WoWsKUP— Andrew Woods 🥈 (@JimJarmuschHair) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick was such an underrated talent. RIP King 😢 pic.twitter.com/750yFKAtn7— Dominicc Hardy (@ThaDangerousOne) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick, who appeared in major TV series like HBO’s “The Wire,” Fox’s “Fringe” and films like the “John Wick” franchise, which is about to debut “John Wick: Chapter 4” next week, has died. He was 60. https://t.co/jv594ZYe3H pic.twitter.com/UpUmBBRGeg— Variety (@Variety) March 17, 2023
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Shinseki, at the start of his tenure as VA Secretary, was tasked with determining whether or not his computer system would change -- one had to. DoD and VA were supposed to offer a seamless transition for those going from service member to veteran. How? They'd do it with electronic records. But the two systems couldn't communicate -- this was all determined before Barack Obama was sworn in for his first term as President of the United States. So one of the two would have to change.
Shinseki chose not to. He also sat on this issue that Congress poured billions of dollars into. He's been Secretary of the VA since 2009. This was supposed to have been handled immediately. Robert Gates told him to do what he wanted and the Pentagon would adapt. Then Leon Panetta became Secretary of Defense. He told Shinseki that whatever Gates had already approved was fine. And still nothing. Then Chuck Hagel becomes Secretary of Defense.
Something finally happens.
Hagel's not shedding any tears today over Shinseki's departure. Not after Shinseki tried to blame him to Congress.
April 11, 2013, Shinseki appeared before the House Veterans Affairs Committee which was irritated by the budget request coming to them late and not coming to them in full because, as they pointed out, what the administration submitted did not include all the costs -- even if you set aside issues of discretionary spending, the VA 'budget' request was a joke. Ranking Member Mike Michaud noted the money that was being poured into the VA -- others did as well but he's the one who asked for a status on the electronic health record. And this is where Shinseki chose to lie. There was no progress, he admitted, but that was because Chuck Hagel hadn't added any input.
What the hell was that? It's so high school cafeteria. Did he think it wouldn't get back to Hagel that the House Veterans Affairs Committee was vocal about the fact that there was no progress on this issue despite the funds provided for it in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013?
It had nothing to do with Chuck Hagel. Good for Hagel that he wasn't going to stay under the bus. He complained to Barack who had a sit-down with Hagel and Shinseki to ensure that a decision was made and there was no 'confusion' about the status.
If you're not getting what a little bitch move Shinseki pulled before Congress, grasp that Hagel was confirmed as Secretary of Defense on February 26, 2013. Not two months later, Shisenski was blaming a multi-year delay to starting the program on Hagel.
Did Shinseki inform Congress then?
He stayed silent. And nothing was said as fall rolled around. Then a few problems emerged, a few veterans weren't getting their checks. These semester checks would cover tuition, rents, etc. And a few were having problems. The VA immediately blamed the veterans and the educational institutions. Their mouthpiece on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Corinne Brown, announced she'd been watching MSNBC at three in the morning and it was time for these institutions to get their act together.
It wasn't the colleges.
And as a few veterans turned to many, finally in October, Eric Shinseki revealed that he'd always known there was a problem. He revealed that October 14, 2009 when he appeared before the House Veterans Affairs Committee. The press didn't care to report that revelation. Even those reporters who were present ignored it. For months after that, veterans continued to suffer. Some families had to postpone Christmas because all the money was being used to cover bills as a result of their still waiting on checks they should have received in August and September.
The horrors of ISIS preempted any discussion of how the original US aggression, compounded by the routine brutalities of occupation, generated enemies worse than its initial ones. US policy-makers considered the central error to be not the invasion but the departure. The efficacy of the Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish-led ground forces in dislodging ISIS reinforced a preference for proxy war—a perennial imperial strategy—over large-scale US combat. That preference is perhaps the dominant lesson of Iraq drawn by the US foreign policy establishment.
By 2021, President Joe Biden, who had been one of the most important Democratic validators of the invasion, had secured a residual force without a clearly defined mission. Roughly 2,500 US troops are deployed in Iraq, with 900 more in Syria. Ostensibly, they’re a backstop against an ISIS resurgence, but in practice, they’re targets for Iranian proxies. Biden, his Republican critics, and the security institutions all regard this as more responsible than ending an imperial misadventure. Doing so ensures they can persist in a delusion central to their hegemonic project: that the world is a grenade and America the pin.