Yearly Archives: 2010

American Exceptionalism

Most Americans consider our country exceptional but too many of them do so for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

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Sarah Palin and the American Political Circus

Her main target, according to one view, is white American high school grads who have lost their jobs… Continue reading

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So You Want to Be an Emperor?

Advice for the exceptionally ambitious young American who aspires to become the dictator of the formerly democratic United States of America Continue reading

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Are we running out of gas in Afghanistan?

It’s not too late to quit now, before our war there runs completely out of gas. Continue reading

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Bibi and Barack, the truth comes out

Bibi stiffed Obama. If the President doesn’t want to take it lying down, he has options. Continue reading

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The end of the war in Iraq

OK, the war is winding down. We should learn at least three lessons from the whole sorry history. Continue reading

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Our Relations with Turkey, Another Tipping Point?

Turkey is at a tipping point between its European option and a future as a central Asian power. Let’s not let a desire to throw a bone to Israel push them the wrong way. Continue reading

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Our Constipated Congress

There are several illuminating similarities between the way our national legislature works and a constipated old man trying, with very limited success, to move his bowels. Continue reading

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The Shahram Amiri case, a different take

I don’t know any more about the Shahram Amiri case than what was in the newspapers, but I have had a personal experience that may provide a precedent. I was the American Consul in Tabriz from summer 1963 till summer … Continue reading

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Afghanistan, the other surge

Today’s Christian Science Monitor (per Truthout) reports that during several attacks during the last twenty-four hours, the Taliban managed to kill another eight American soldiers. The report suggests that this is consistent with a buildup in the scale and effectiveness … Continue reading

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We have lost the war in Afghanistan

General McChrystal’s Rolling Stone article was the ostensible reason for his getting sacked but an even more important factor may have been press reports attributed to him and his staff that were leaked earlier in June. They painted a bleak … Continue reading

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A Speech from the Oval Office

Obama’s speech from the Oval Office, about the Gulf oil crisis, has been widely greeted as a disappointment, criticized from the the left as well as from the right. Now that I’ve read the text, I fail to see the … Continue reading

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Gaza Flotilla, Act I Scene 2

Ok, the fat’s in the fire and we have some interesting choices. Continue reading

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Gaza Flotilla finally breaks into the US media!

Our mainstream media, once again, are giving a biased side of the news. Continue reading

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Obama's West Point Speech, Initial Assessment

There is hope if the speech signals more emphasis on fighting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, as contrasted with focusing entirely on Taliban. Continue reading

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U.S. Delegation Headed for Gaza with International Aid Flotilla

There’s a blackout in the US media about an unusually newsworthy event. Continue reading

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Will the Neanderthals in the audience please raise their hands?

Of course we have some Neanderthal genes mixed up in our DNA. And we’re probably the better for it. Continue reading

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Leveraging and Language

Leveraging is a term that morphed into popular usage when enough people realized the banks had mulcted them. Continue reading

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Obama's Dilemma with Israel

Obama has the misfortune to find himself on a multi-dimensional tight rope Continue reading

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What Makes People Become Suicide Bombers?

Whatever it is, it is not religion. Continue reading

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