Aug
19

In Ferguson, Who Speaks for the Rest of Us?

Tragedy in Missouri...
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The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is a colossal human tragedy. Whatever the details of the still-ongoing investigation reveal, the fact that a unarmed, young man was murdered by a police officer who shot Brown at least six times in broad daylight, shocks the conscience. That Brown, with no arrest record, had apparently navigated tough streets …

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Jul
04

American Independence Remembered

To Boldly State What No Man Had Said Before....
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As we gather today to enjoy picnics and parades, to wave flags and watch fireworks, take a minute to remember the real history that was made 238 years ago. Popular imagination remembers the delegates of the Continental Congress, all gathered in Philedelphia as bells rang, bravely stepping forward to sign the Declaration of Independence, with the cocky John …

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Jun
22

Tea Party Threat to a Senate Republican Majority

Making Perfect the Enemy of the Good...
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It is looking awfully good for Republicans right now. The proverbial chickens have come home to roost for President Obama and Democrats, less than six months before the midterm elections. POTUS’ approval rating is at 40 percent, and that is about as good as it gets for POTUS;  it’s all down hill from there on …

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Jun
16

How to Keep Baghdad From Becoming Saigon

ISIS' Worst Nightmare...
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President Obama is most colossally pleased with himself when, in various speeches, he talks about his unique role in ending wars.  He ended the war in Iraq. He’s about to end the war in Afghanistan. But of course this is hubris. Obama doesn’t end wars; he ends US participation in conflicts. The distinction is vital.  POTUS’ …

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Jun
11

Key Points in Eric Cantor’s Loss

David Brat - VA7 Giant Slayer...
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  David Brat – VA7 Giant Slayer…    The Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th congressional district delivered a political earthquake last night. For the first time in history, a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives – Eric Cantor – was defeated for re-nomination by his own party. That Cantor, a GOP rising star and the heir …

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Jun
09

Hillary Clinton’s Sit-Com Dilemma

Airbrushed for Perfection - but Reality is on the Way...
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 Maddy and David (look it up), Sam and Diane, Ross and Rachel. Almost every successful TV sitcom has incorporated a “will they or won’t they” subplot woven into the story line. As it grows, the obvious but unrequited romance connects with the audience and eventually drives viewership as fans watch to see their favorite characters …

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Jun
07

School Lunches and Common Sense

A Necessary Reality Check...
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The latest pitched battle in Washington revolves around what our children eat in schools. It is a case study in how good intentions are lost in impractical solutions. Last Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the agriculture budget which includes $21 billion for child nutrition.  The bill would allow schools to “opt out” of White House nutritional …

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Jun
03

Bowe Bergdahl & American Honor

A Fair Trade?
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Hostage situations are like minefields for American presidents; stumbled upon unexpectedly while never ending well. Jimmy Carter’s presidency effectively ended when Iranian militants stormed the US Embassy in Tehran, taking hostages that were held for 444 days. The darkest moments of Ronald Reagan’s presidency came when he effectively traded weapons to Iran to secure the …

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Jun
01

Vietnam is Vital to Pacific Pivot

No permanent enemies, just permanent interests...
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  No permanent enemies, just permanent interests…   A few months after arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1994, I wrote a short story. The plot focused on a US soldier in Vietnam, drinking in a local bar during the Tet holiday, lamenting the military stalemate in the field and the burgeoning protest movement back home. …

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May
27

War and Remembrance

Tomb of Unkowns
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As this is the last year for American combat operations in Afghanistan, this is my post from Memorial Day 2012, when I wrote about Section 60 - where those who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan are interred. ——————————————– It is impossible to go to Arlington National Cemetery and not be affected by the experience. I …

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