Day Nine-thirteen. Saturday-Wednesday, 17-21 December 2016
Troops, backed by jets and artillery, capture
Gideon outpost near Laiza. (AFP, 17 December)
I have breakfast with a Thai expert, who has been holding several technical workshops with a certain union ministry.
“I don’t know why I have been doing this,” he says. “Because they have yet to implement the lessons they have learned. When I asked them why, they told me they could do nothing until there was a directive from above. And there hasn’t been any.”
It seems I have been hearing the same story in different versions from other people.
Starting today, we are holding a 3-day strategic planning workshop. And as strategic plannings go, they mostly talk about one’s weaknesses, so ways may be found to overcome them.
Understandably, I’m not going to dwell on them much, not only because they are distasteful, but they also are supposed to be confidential. Except for the essentials, on a need-to-know basis.
So here we go:
A constitutional change in accordance with NCA Article 1.a and Article 22.d before 2020 elections
Here are some of the interesting points that the planners come across:
During the three days of planning, the planners also focus on the strong points and weak points of the other side:
Here are some of the interesting comments I overhear there:
Unfortunately, we don’t have time to complete the required steps. So 9 January is named the day for the next meeting.
For me, it means I leave for home the next day. Only this time, I’m flying to Tachilek, instead of Chiangmai, for I have a lot of friends, both old and new, whom I haven’t met since January 2015.
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