Old Wine, New Battles

1280px-Muammar_al-Gaddafi,_12th_AU_Summit,_090202-N-0506A-324Engaging in the Libya conflict in 2011 (without any plan for an outcome) was not morally or even tactically “wrong.” However, events have gone against American interests – and also, by the way, the beleaguered populations of the current Libya which is a threat to itself, to Europe, and sooner or later to American direct security interests as well.

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The Center Folds

McCurryCandidates in presidential campaigns tend to spout the opposite of what they actually do later when (shudder) they are elected; however, these candidates are saying little to nothing in the campaigns. Following this logic, saying nothing at this point in the campaign might actually yield some results after the slugfest is over in November. Continue reading The Center Folds

Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?

The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old

Sb_2004_dt_snowskyline_003aFor a while, all she’ll know is that yes, she did have a mommy and daddy, but they died. But one day, whoever is then caring for her may be unable to avoid telling her the rest of the story – how they abandoned her to do a terrible thing, and how they died. Continue reading The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old

Donald Trump and the Big Lie

Donald_Trump_Laconia_Rally,_Laconia,_NH_by_Michael_Vadon_2_July_16_2015_09 Herr Trump, the Clown Prince of the Republican Party, seems hell bent on a variation of the concept originally penned by Adolph Hitler in “Mein Kampf” and refined by Joseph Goebbels. He repeatedly utters outrageous statements about undocumented entrants, alleged celebrating Muslims on 9/11, numbers of proposed Syrian refugees to the U.S., and on and on. The latest outrage is his mocking of the New York Times reporter with a disability. Continue reading Donald Trump and the Big Lie