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I am the author of two novels, "The Bode Testament" and "Impeachment." I am also a columnist who keeps a wary eye on other columnists and the failures of the MSM (mainstream media).

I was born in Minnesota, and, to this day, I love the Vikings and the Twins. I am currently retired and reside with my wife of 45 years in Southern California. I am a former educator and a Marine officer [ret.].

I am a self-described amateur historian, the love of the topic going back to my sophomore days in high school. I am probably the only high schooler in the U.S. to read the 1600-page "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." I also consider myself somewhat of a specialist on the Middle East. The vast bulk of my articles concern the topic.

Not unlike many I was devastated by the attacks on 9/11. So devastated, in fact, that I was determined to fight back, following in the fine tradition of the Marine Corps. But how? What could a 58-year old retired Marine officer do in terms of fighting back. The answer was quite simple. Using the writing skills I learned while writing two books, I chose as my weapon what can euphemistically be called the pen, actually a word processor.

I was determined to become a columnist to offer my sage advice while recalling recent history that I know for a fact that Americans had long since forgotten. I am here to remind them.

Fortunately, achieving the goal of becoming a columnist did not take too long. I became a columnist for a Midwest newspaper in Nov. 2001. As an added bonus, all of my articles were placed on the Internet. I have been a columnist ever since, meaning for nine years.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Classic military blunders During the modern era there have been numerous military blunders made by commanders-in-chiefs. I have chosen three because each has turned the tide of civilization, two in a positive sense, one in a not so positive sense. Each shows the intransigence of the respective nation's leadership and an inability to deal with reality.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 28, 2009
America Divided It appears as though America is divided as much as ever. On one side we have the supporters of the charismatic President Obama who are so fervent in their loyalty to him the phenomenon can be likened to adoration of a rock star. On the other side we have his opponents who are just as fervent, fierce actually, in their opposition to the President.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 1, 2010
Expanded Presidential "War" Power: a Time-Bomb Threatening Our Democracy After expanding presidential powers through laws and Homeland Security directives such as The Military Commissions Act, Defense Authorization Acts passed in 2006 and 2007, the US was left with ticking time bombs. With Obama clinging to these expanded powers and US courts unable to rule as they lay latent, the country is left with the potential for explosive harm to the idea of American democracy.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 10, 2010
What Exactly Is COIN? Since Defense Department figures show that COIN is costing American taxpayers approximately $5B/month in Iraq and Afghanistan, it behooves Americans to have intimate knowledge of what COIN is. Well, first of all, it is a misnomer. Second, it is an unproven strategic theory. And three, so far its use as an American strategic principle has proven to be a dismal failure in three wars, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 25, 2012
War With Iran Imminent? Is war with Iran imminent? That depends on who one listens to. If one listens to all the conservative hype for war and certain popular media sites who are in the business of sensationalizing the news for share of market, war is just around the corner.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Trilogy of Despair as Bin Laden Dances in His Cave Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, in no particular order of importance, are an obvious threat to both our national security and our economy, and most Americans, thanks to the MSM, remain oblivious. With a half-hearted attack on Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires, followed by an invasion of Iraq President Bush fulfilled Osama bin Laden's wildest dreams. Osama is dancing in his cave.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Osama bin Laden Won I know. More than a few readers are gasping at that blasphemy and infidelity. Some may even be sharpening their pencils for the original draft of a critique in rebuttal. However, before you begin, hear me out.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 25, 2010
Decision Points: The Review The danger is, because he is a former President, the average American reader who cannot remember history made last week will absorb his musings without question. Truly, that is a great danger.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2013
Iraq Today Americans gaze at Iraq today and wonder why it is that nearly 4,500 American troops had to die with another 32,226 wounded, many permanently with loss of arms, legs, and minds for the Iraq as it exists today.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 12, 2008
The SOFA-- Bush's Deal With Iraq-- Has Some Dubious Aspects Barring an inane and extremely provocative attack on Iran between now and Jan. 20, a highly remote possibility at best, it appears that this may be my last opportunity to bash Bush, one of the most inept and lonely lame duck Presidents in our history. Doing so has been a six-year long endeavor, beginning with his illegal invasion of Iraq, and, in a perverse sense, I will miss him.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I Am Coming Out of the Closet This is the confession of a wayward moderate conservative, a man who has lost his way. A man who is no longer represented by the GOP today. The Republican Party today is Draconian, throwing the middle class, the elderly, and the defenseless to the wolves, meaning corporate elites.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 27, 2012
What Exactly Is the Neoconservative Movement? Those only vaguely familiar with the neoconservative movement may wonder isn't this ancient history? Weren't the neoconservatives a part of the Bush administration, and, as such, aren't they now past tense? The answer to both questions is an unequivocal no. Than there those who are clueless and are busy scratching their heads wondering what I am talking about. Is this another one of those conspiracy theories? No.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Growing Powers of the Executive Branch This article is intended to put the fear of God in every American. The Framers of our Constitution had one overriding concern, that this new country would replace a despised English king with a new American one simply with a new title " President.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 6, 2012
Let's Leave Afghanistan; What Is the Problem? As many readers know I have written several articles regarding Afghanistan on OEN. They have to do with our country recognizing that we have lost still another war that we caused and was a result of sheer ignorance and arrogance.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Ongoing Saga of Afghanistan Due to recent reports, for those still clinging to the forlorn hope that America's military involvement in Afghanistan would end reasonably soon, such hope has turned to despair.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 17, 2009
The Little Big Horn Redux Pakistan is heating up with recent attacks, including an attack on Pakistan's "pentagon" in Rawalpindi. After eight years of war in Afghanistan U.S.-led NATO forces are actually losing ground as the resurgent Taliban gains in strength and territory. In the midst of all this I am hearing some of the most incredulous rhetoric, rhetoric that questions either my own sanity or the sanity of our nation's leaders.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Obama and McCain's foreign policy I am not to blind to the fact that we are facing an economic crisis right now, and, more than likely, the economy will be the number one issue on Nov. 4th. If so, essentially, that is the wrong approach voters should take on this election, very wrong.What does the current economic crisis have to do with the future of our republic? Nothing. The future of our country will be determined by our relationships with other nations.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Iran: Will She or Won't She? Will Iran build a nuclear device or won't she? The truthful answer is: No one knows. This is likely true of President Obama and Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The signals from the Islamic republic are conflicting and change weekly, or even daily at times. This, however, does not preclude an examination of the issue.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 13, 2012
Americans Are Totally Confused Americans are flummoxed by conflicting statements regarding an impending war with Iran. This is true for Americans who are closely following events on this issue. Woe be for the average, hardworking American who relies on the corporate news (CM) to keep him or her informed. The CM is sadly lacking in this effort, or worse, distorting the issues involved for self-benefiting corporate purposes.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Afghan War, Ninth Year: It Is Not Good Given the rich history of the United States in combat, beginning with the Revolutionary War and extending to the present, it should be a given that after 8 1/2 years of war in Afghanistan one should be able assume that there is some progress. Such is not the case. On the contrary our efforts have become counter-productive.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 3, 2009
Did I Just Have a Bad Dream On Friday morning I was enjoying my daily ritual, getting my world and national news fix over a cup of coffee on my patio. I came upon two statements that caused me to choke on a gulp of coffee. Mentally I asked myself, "What did he just say?" I read the two statements again, then a third time. There was no mistaking what the man said. I was thoroughly shocked and angered. I said to no one in particular. I told you so!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2011
It Is Time to Leave Pardon me; it is way past time to leave. There comes a point where enough is enough. While Congress and the President are debating endlessly over raising the debt limit on our huge national debt, they are ignoring two elephants in the Oval Office, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 26, 2011
Oh, No, Not Again Say it ain't so. Is the U.S. headed for a military clash with Iran? Listening to our political leaders and the GOP candidates for President, it would appear so. This is unbelievable. Haven't we learned a damn thing from the Iraq war?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 12, 2009
The Bush administration conundrum This article is unique. Ordinarily, when I sit down to pen an article, I voice a very strong opinion on an issue that is of concern to many. The following will be different in that respect. On this issue I am completely ambivalent. My equivocation is based on what day it is, or even what time it is, or, perhaps, even the position of the moon, stars and planets in the universe.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 4, 2010
The Effectiveness of the Democratic Party ... Or Lack Thereof I am at a loss in trying to understand the Democratic Party, while being a self-described conservative independent. One might say I saw the light while supporting the Democratic candidate for the Presidency in 2004 and 2008, but that would be an unwarranted assumption. A better description would be a confused voter, not unlike millions in the last two Presidential elections.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 22, 2010
Warning: The MSN Is Not Completely Forthcoming I know this will come as a shock to those who rely entirely on the Mainstream News media (MSN) for their news fix in the evening, but the media has a tendency to omit a few things. To those who fit into this category, I have some breaking news. We are at war.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 28, 2011
The National Debt and the Mystifying Conundrum Currently, for every dollar our federal government spends it must borrow 40 cents. Much like any household, business, or corporation this is unsustainable, even for the U.S. If this continues for much longer, our great country as we know it will disappear, and the Grand Experiment for liberty and justice for all that has lasted so long will end and be relegated to the dustbin of history.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 25, 2008
What a way to fight a war September 11, 2001. Having carefully monitored events since that fateful day, having pride in our great country and its past heroic military achievements, it is painful to the extreme to recount events since that day. The horrific mistakes made in the name of our country ...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 11, 2012
Afghanistan -- The Eleven-year Old Debacle The war in Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, 2001, with an American-led NATO invasion of that forlorn, war-torn, and impoverished nation. In addition, this land-locked nation lacks any strategic importance and its mineral wealth is miniscule. In other words, Afghanistan lacks any importance of any kind. Yet, come October, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars, lost over 2070 of our best...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We Need Jobs Now Not tomorrow, and not promises and nice speeches, jobs now or we are heading back into a recession before recovering from the Great Recession. Adding to the emergency, our infrastructure is falling apart, our bridges, freeways, dams, levees, sewage and water systems, everything. Creating jobs to repair our broken infrastructure is an investment in our future.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 19, 2010
Just When You Think It's All Over Just as Americans are beginning to think that the war in Iraq is all but over, think again. It is not, not by a long shot.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2011
Just a Reminder So, it is with wonder why the MSN and Americans are fixated with the turmoil in the Mideast. Perhaps, events in Iraq and Afghanistan have become boring. However, the fact remains that American troops are not dying in Libya, Syria, Bahrain, or Yemen. They are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. One can compare this to two elephants in a living room that Americans and their press choose to ignore.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 27, 2008
Afghanistan: Stand and Deliver ... or not In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks Americans were aggrieved, furious, and vengeance filled their hearts. Unlike the Pearl Harbor attack against largely military targets, the odious 9/11 outrage was against massive civilian structures in our largest city and the death toll exceeded that of Pearl Harbor. On the other hand, what I advocate is realism.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
The Federal Government's Building Boom ... In Afghanistan For quite some time now I have been writing a series of articles on Afghanistan; each article prompted by some new development or developments. There is one prevailing theme in all these articles. We seem to be going from bad to worse. Put a different way, the U.S. was closer to victory in Nov. and Dec. 2001 than we are today, over nine years later. That should give every reader a moment of pause.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 9, 2008
This didn't have to happen I read with enormous interest an article published by The Independent UK entitled "Pakistan Stares Into the Abyss." As one may infer from the title, it was a very disturbing article. The scary part of the article is that this nation in chaos is a nuclear-tipped nation. Then the thought occurred to me that this didn't need to happen. My mind returned to a different place and time.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 7, 2012
The Benghazi File Many Americans have been monitoring the controversial Benghazi controversy in total amazement. Put a different way, they are totally confused about what exactly this controversy is all about.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Iraq War Redux Is Pure Insanity To launch a war based solely on fear, distrust, and misinformation -- a polite term for micro-managed intelligence as in the case of Iraq -- is an egregious error in judgment that inevitably results in unintended consequences creating serious harm to the aggressor. We learned that in the Iraq war launched on March 19, 2003 ... or did we?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2009
"War Is Hell" So saith General Sherman during the Civil War. However, there is a quote concerning war that I far prefer. "The true enemy of man is war itself." Allow me to clarify. I am both a student of military history and a Marine Corps officer [ret]. It is recognized that war can become an unwilling necessity under certain conditions. Iraq and Afghanistan do not fulfill the necessary conditions.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It Is Not Looking Good In the hopes of finding a silver lining somewhere, I turned the page to the six-year long war in Iraq. After all, the mass news media, conservative web sites and talk shows have been telling us for months that Bush's surge was a resounding success. Unfortunately, the quest for good news encountered huge pot holes filled with discouragement. It is not looking good.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 19, 2008
The myth of the War Powers Resolution, Oct. 11, 2002 There is a common misconception held in America that in Oct. 2002, Congress gave the Bush administration a blank check to invade Iraq. Today, two Presidential candidates voted for Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution Of 2002, or P.L. 104-243, and a third has accepted the common misconception.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2009
Travesty in Iraq Recently, a very good friend of mine asked me via e-mail how our country can extricate itself from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that got me thinking, and I soon realized that I didn't have a clue.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 26, 2009
Absurd Rhetoric: Violations of Common Sense For the past eight years I have heard or read a litany of ludicrous rhetoric from Washington and other places that would fill a lifetime. Hundreds of times over that period, I have asked myself, what has happened to common sense. Of course, since 9/11, I have been paying closer attention. Living the horror of 9/11 will do that to a person.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Perils of Afghanistan I recently read with great interest an analytical review of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's tactical plans for Afghanistan written by George Friedman and Reva Bhalla for Stratfor. Friedman is the editor-in-chief of Stratfor and its chief intelligence analyst. Despite the authors' straightforward analysis, or because of it, the reader comes away scared to death re our future in this God-forsaken land, noting this war is heating up.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 15, 2009
Afghanistan Is Another Afghanistan A political cartoon said it best. The cartoon depicted a man on the left bemoaning, "Afghanistan is another Vietnam." A bedraggled figure on the right obviously characterizing an Afghan villager proclaimed, "Afghanistan is another Afghanistan."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Peace in Afghanistan? The latest peace initiatives in Afghanistan as reported by Gareth Porter are difficult to comprehend, mostly because they assume a dream-like quality. At times, as I read the substance of these initiatives, I wondered if Porter was trying to be funny. He was not.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Trail of Tears ... Middle East Version For the past 60-plus years, how many tears have been spent on Middle East confrontations from the Middle East itself to Western Europe to Indonesia to the Philippines to the shores of the United States. For the past 60-plus years millions have died or been severely injured due to rampant violence stemming from the Middle East and beyond, and the amount of tears would equate to Earth's oceans.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 26, 2010
The War in Iraq and Other Pesky Issues The Marines have a joke. Actually, they have a tremendous sense of humor because this elite force can afford to joke about itself. In this case, I am referring to the phrase, "Withdrawal is an advance to the rear." But it is only a joke. It appears, however, that our President is taking the notion seriously.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 3, 2009
Iran, Missiles Launched, and War ... or Not Last week Iran revealed a secret underground nuclear facility near the ancient city of Qom. Now that I can understand. For years I have speculated that Iran had such sites hidden from view other than the known facility at Natanz. A few days later, despite the harsh rhetoric from Western nations, things seem to cool down as Iran invited the IAEA to inspect the new site. Then she does what?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 26, 2008
The Angry American We are engaged in two endless wars that have so far cost a trillion dollars. My home will be paid off in months. My reward: It has lost $200,000 in value. In the past year, not unlike millions of Americans, I have lost thousands of dollars in my retirement portfolio. All of this has taken place during the Bush administration, and there is a good possibility the Republicans will be rewarded with victory in November.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Iraq: The War Americans Forgot Breaking news, we are at war in Iraq. To be perfectly honest, I do not think Americans have forgotten this war. There is some vague memory of how 50,000 American troops are still stuck in this hostile environment of IED's and suicide bombers that still kill. Unfortunately, concerned Americans are not being informed of events there by the MSN or our political and military leadership. We are being left completely in the dark.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 24, 2011
Writer Misrepresented the War Powers Resolution on OEN He stated, "The War Powers Resolution, enacted in the late stages of the Vietnam War over a veto by President Richard Nixon, requires the commander-in-chief to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action that he or she determines is necessary in the face of "a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.'" That is not true.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 31, 2008
America is going into the tank The 2008 election is one of the most historic in the life of our great nation. It will answer the question: Who will succeed the imperial Presidency of George W. Bush? In my view, although a Republican, but an American first, a Democratic victory is essential for the very survival of our country.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 21, 2009
Our Leaders Just Don't Get It I read an article the other day that absolutely infuriated me. It dealt with the quandary lawmakers are having about escalating the war in Afghanistan. Escalating the war in Afghanistan? Our leaders should be discussing ways of getting out of there, not debating a further surge after the additional 21,000 troops Obama ordered to the Graveyard of Empires.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 20, 2011
Afghanistan -" The Real Foreign Policy, Not the Public One I have been such a fool. I believed the rhetoric of two Presidents, Bush and Obama, as to why we are fighting in Afghanistan. It is quite apparent that the reasons given by these two Presidents are disingenuous, but they were strictly for public consumption, in other words, us dumb folk. They in no way convey to the American people official foreign policy for the region.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2010
The True Enemy of Man Is War Itself Born during World War Two, my generation has seen a lot. We were born during war. We currently are living during a period of two endless wars. In the interim we have seen enormous tragedy, events that stagger the imagination, some knocking us to our knees and praying with a strident cry, why, oh Lord, why? There is no answer. We were given free will, and we are making the best, or worst, of that Divine privilege.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Bold Moves My last article drew an enormous amount of interest. It suggested that our new President take unprecedented steps in the war-torn Mideast by utilizing our strategic weapons as opposed to the tactical use of ground troops. This is a follow-up to that article necessitated by developments since the article first appeared on OEN.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2011
Withdrawal From Iraq Is Militarily Sound This is first good news of our military posture that Americans have heard for a decade or more. It is also justification -- finally -- for those of us who have fought so long for this end game, begging a question. Why did it take the government so long to arrive at the same conclusion many of us knew years ago?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 12, 2010
Why? Like many, I have been carefully following the war in Afghanistan since its inception in Oct. 2001. Unlike many, I have devoted countless hours of research on this lengthy war. Unlike many, I have written a myriad of articles on the subject over the years. It can be reasonably argued that I know a great deal about this war. But there is one thing I do not know. In Heaven's name, why are we fighting it?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 19, 2012
The Last Straw The latest incident in Afghanistan has broken the back of American strategy in this forlorn nation, while leading American politicians, including President Obama, lamely assert nothing has changed. They stubbornly continue to adhere to their ludicrous goals for this country, assuming that if they say it often enough the foolish American people will start to believe it.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Travesty in Iraq Recently, a very good friend of mine asked me via e-mail how our country can extricate itself from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that got me thinking, and I soon realized that I didn't have a clue.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Is the War in Iraq Finally Over??? The outcome is doubtful at best. Recently, President Obama declared, "A war is ending," a curious choice of words. Imagine that, after eight years and nine months, POTUS simply says the war is over because all American combat troops will be home for Christmas.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2012
I.A.E.A. is frudulently helping the U.N., Israel and America Attack Iran ! I am so mad I could spit. I am so mad I have a few other choice phrases but they are not suitable for a family news web site. A secret society known as the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA, an arm of the United Nations, appears to be encouraging a military assault on Iran.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 11, 2010
Turn the Page The war in Iraq is over, well, maybe. On Aug. 31st our President did not exactly say that. He said, "the Iraq war was nearing an end," whatever that is supposed to mean. Well, he did say all combat troops have left Iraq. No, that is not right. Combat brigades merely changed their names to Advise and Assist brigades.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2012
President Obama Made a Serious Miscalculation Our ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, wrote a real nice letter to Obama saying she had decided to withdraw from consideration for Secretary of State because her nomination was going to be too contentious and would harm the Presidency. Every intellectual observer knows that scenario is completely bogus. There is very little doubt that the White House had a hand in that letter.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 31, 2009
Mr. President, It Is Time to Make Bold Moves It is past time to make bold, perhaps even audacious, political and military decisions to strengthen our great republic. It is past time to remove all our troops and all of our bases from the Middle East. The concept is based on military and economic pragmatism while ensuring our nation's security.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2009
Okay, I've Had It Up To Here There was a time I once believed that a Congressional investigation was supposed to determine a wrong-doing, and, if there was sufficient evidence of malfeasance, the issue became a prosecutorial matter and the accused was brought before a court of law, or, in the case of impeachment proceedings, before the House of Representatives to determine if there would be a trial in the Senate. This no longer appears to be the case.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2010
Grasping at Straws, Afghan Style It is beyond comprehension why America's leaders are unable to comprehend the nature of the Taliban. They are not fanatics in the sense that they are motivated by some incomprehensible beliefs that defy logic and sense of purpose. Contrary to popular Western belief, they are not terrorists.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Search for Common Sense I recently read Obama's entire speech in Prague, The Czech Republic, regarding nuclear weapons proliferation. Naturally, he is opposed to it, and his speech was resounding, including many applause interruptions. Good speech, but I was looking for something and when I found it my blood began to boil.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 21, 2010
New Insights Into An Old War Earlier this month the U.S. entered the tenth year of the war in Afghanistan. Does anyone still care? Will the war be even a minor election issue, or not. From this perch it looks like not. For those who still do care this article is designed to provide new insights into the war. As the reader is accustomed, they are not welcome insights. Good news is far beyond our reach.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 10, 2008
The perfect storm Despite dire threats to life as we know it in America, the mass media and the Democratic Party are ignoring the danger to our Constitution.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Mystery War The war in Afghanistan can now be dubbed "The Mystery War." Why call it a mystery war? The answer is one simple question: Why are we fighting it? The answers to that question are varied, enumerable, controversial, thoroughly confusing to everyone, and add up to zero sum.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ignominy Piled On Top a Mountain of Ignominy The latest absurdity in the war against Afghanistan perpetrated by American-led NATO forces -- I almost feel like a fool for writing such a preposterous statement, Afghanistan vs. NATO!!! -- is that Pakistan now wants to extort $365M/yr. from NATO countries to re-open supply lines Pakistan closed due to a friendly fire incident six months ago. However, the preposterous statement made above is the nature of the Afghan war.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 1, 2009
Mr. President, It Is Time to Make Bold Moves It is past time to make bold, perhaps even audacious, political and military decisions to strengthen our great republic. It is past time to remove all our troops and all of our bases from the Middle East. The concept is based on military and economic pragmatism while ensuring our nation's security.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 12, 2008
Understanding Iran Actually, the title should read, "Trying to understand Iran." Or, "Is Iran bipolar?" Or, "Confusion exists over Iranian intentions." Or - and this is ominous - "Are there twin, equally powerful centers of power in Iran?" Put a different way, this writer with years of experience in matters Iranian is totally perplexed over developments in Iran during the course of the past two weeks.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 27, 2012
Endless War Were nations to adopt this format, instead of using the bludgeoning nature of the military, the terrorist movement would quickly die a natural death, starved of its primary sustenance, publicity that nourishes jihadism.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Are We Winning Yet? This is a righteous question to ask from a war-weary American public after ten years of war in Afghanistan. The issue becomes even more poignant when one realizes that current Pentagon planning, with the blessings of President Obama, has our combat troops in that forlorn land until 2014 and, perhaps, beyond.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 5, 2008
War with Iran ... that is up to Iraq According to the highest circles in our government, the evidence of Iranian misbehavior is being presented to Iraqis, not Americans, and "Baghdad will decide what to do about it."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2008
9/11 - A macabre anniversary It is now seven years later. Like everyone, I will never forget that day. Dutifully, we put the flag out in front of our house, just like we do every Sept. 11 since that fateful day, just as we do every Fourth of July and Memorial Day, and other selected dates. But, Sept. 11th is not like the Fourth of July, and it is not like Memorial Day. It is not even like Dec. 7, 1941.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 27, 2009
Endgame For those who think the endgame is approaching soon for the Iraq Crisis, think again.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Setting precedents and loss of the moral high ground America has reached the nadir in terms of moral leadership of the Western democracies. No where is this more true than Bush's dilemma in dealing with Russian actions in Georgia. Bush's decisions regarding Iraq make a mockery of any advice he may give the Russians re their decisions concerning Georgia. Everyone knows it, perhaps, even Bush.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Americans Have Short Memories Collectively, Americans have short memories. Worse, far worse, so does the mainstream news (MSN). A few of us remember the al-Sahwa or the Sons of Iraq, otherwise known as the Awakening Movement. President Bush dubbed them "Concerned Local Citizens." Remember them? One should. They had a vital role to play in the good ole days in Iraq.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 7, 2008
So, now where do we stand? On March 25th, a military debacle of major proportions began. It ended the following Sunday, but the ramifications of this engagement will continue for months, and if America's leaders are not listening, years.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 19, 2008
Is Al Qa'ida influencing US elections? Now don't get me wrong. If The Surge results in lower casualties for both Americans and Iraqis and hastens our withdrawal from that forlorn land, then I want it to succeed despite my complete misgivings about the decision to invade Iraq in the first place.

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